CLEVELAND — The Browns have given up on running back Terrance West, trading him to the Tennessee Titans for a seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft.
West was a third-round pick in 2014.
He rushed for 673 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie, but never fulfilled the Browns’ expectations.
On Friday, coach Mike Pettine referred to West’s “ups and downs,” saying he “flashes at times brilliance and then other times where he gets a minus on the grade sheet.”
The Browns have been ravaged by injuries to their backs all summer. Rookie running back Duke Johnson is in the NFL’s program for concussions and it’s not known if he’ll be ready for next Sunday’s season opener.
Isaiah Crowell is expected to be the Browns’ starting back.
Tebow among NFL cuts
Tim Tebow is the biggest name among NFL cuts for the second time in three years.
Tebow had seemingly won the No. 3 QB job when Philadelphia traded Matt Barkley to Arizona on Friday.
But coach Chip Kelly cut the unconventional quarterback who showed improved accuracy since his first stint in the NFL.
“We felt Tim has progressed, but we didn’t feel he was good enough to be the (No.) 3 right now,” Kelly said.
Tebow last played in a regular-season game in 2012 with the Jets, who traded for him a day after Peyton Manning went to Denver. The Patriots cut Tebow in 2013 when he failed to win a job as Tom Brady’s backup, and Tebow spent last year in the broadcast booth.
Tebow was among more than 700 players cut across the NFL on Saturday as teams trimmed their rosters to 53.
Other quarterbacks who were jettisoned were veterans Matt Cassel (Buffalo), Rex Grossman (Falcons), Christian Ponder (Raiders) and Matt Flynn, who hopes to return to the Jets after Week 1, when his salary wouldn’t be guaranteed.
Other notable players cut:
—WR Reggie Wayne, who caught two passes in the preseason after joining the Patriots in mid-August.
—Veteran CB Will Blackmon, who was released by the Seahawks, as surprising decision as it appeared he was in line to be Seattle’s staring nickel cornerback.
—DL Darnell Dockett after the 49ers gave him $2 million guaranteed.
—MLB Jameel McClain, who led the Giants last year with 117 tackles.
—Bengals DT Devon Still, whose daughter Leah’s cancer went into remission this spring.
—RB Jonas Gray, who never got out of Bill Belichick’s dog house after oversleeping and missing practice a few days after his 199-yard rushing performance against Indianapolis last season.
—WR James Jones, who was cut by the Giants but should draw interest, particularly from his former team, the Packers, who lost Jordy Nelson to a season-ending knee injury last month.
—Titans WR Hakeem Nicks, a former first-round draft pick of the Giants who played in Indy last season.
—DE IK Enemkpali, who gained infamy by breaking Jets QB Geno Smith’s jaw last month but got released by the Bills.
—Veteran K Nick Novak, released by the San Diego Chargers after being beaten out by rookie Josh Lambo.