Browns Sign K Matthew McCrane & DE Jalen Jelks To PS, Cut DT Tanzel Smart

The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday that they’ve signed K Matthew McCrane and DE Jalen Jelks to their practice squad and released DT Tanzel Smart from the unit. 

Cleveland’s full practice squad now includes: 

  1. DB Elijah Benton
  2. WR Ja’Marcus Bradley
  3. T Michael Dunn
  4. QB Garrett Gilbert
  5. DB A.J. Green
  6. RB Dontrell Hilliard
  7. DB Robert Jackson
  8. DB Jovante Moffatt
  9. RB Johnny Stanton
  10. WR Taywan Taylor
  11. T Greg Senat
  12. RB John Kelly
  13. DT Joey Ivie
  14. TE Kyle Markway 
  15. K Matthew McCrane
  16. DE Jalen Jelks

McCrane, 26, wound up signing on with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State. He signed a three-year, $1.71 million contract with the Cardinals and was set to make a base salary of $485,000 for the 2018 season when he was waived coming out of the preseason.

He later signed with the Raiders and was promoted to the active roster before being waived. McCrane was brought back by the Cardinals’ practice squad and made their active roster before he was waived and signed by the Steelers.

After being released by Pittsburgh, McCrane had a brief stint in the XFL with the New York Guardians. 

In 2018, McCrane appeared in five games for the Raiders, Cardinals, and Steelers. He made 8 of his 12 field goal attempts (66.7 percent) and converted all nine of his extra point attempts.

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