ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Dolphins have claimed CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu off of waivers from the Browns on Tuesday.
- Field Yates reports that the Saints, Bills and Steelers all place waiver claims for Ekpre-Olomu, but the Dolphins had the higher priority.
The Browns elected to waive Ekpre-Olomu with a non-football injury designation on Saturday, so he had to clear waivers before he could sign on with a team of his choosing.
Jeremy Fowler reported shortly after his release that Ekpre-Olomu is “close to full health”, but intends to play football in 2016.
A few months ago, Ekpre-Olomu announced that he’s not quite 100 percent healthy yet, but he was making progress.
“A lot of people have asked about my recovery,” Ekpre-Olomu said. “I’m not quite 100 (percent) yet but I’m close and in the next couple of weeks I’ll show you some of the progress I’ve made.”
While his career has been significantly impacted by his knee injury, Ekpre-Olomu reportedly took out a $3 million insurance policy during his senior year in case of injury.
Ekpre-Olomu, 22, was taken in the seventh round of last year’s draft by the Browns. He is in the second year of his four-year, $2,337,300 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $525,000 for the 2016 season.
Ekpre-Olomu was a star at Oregon before he sustained a torn ACL and a dislocated knee, which led to him spending his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list.
During his four-year career at Oregon, Ekpre-Olomu recorded 244 tackles, 6.5 sacks, nine interceptions, and eight forced fumbles.