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Smith walks away from Bengals to join Browns

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 11:08 AM
By: Jay Morrison - Staff Writer

On Saturday the Cincinnati Bengals cut safety Derron Smith. On Thursday, he walked away on his own, terminating his contract with the team to sign with the Cleveland Browns.

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The Bengals cut Smith to make room for kicker Marshall Koehn when Randy Bullock was unable to kick due to a back injury. After Smith cleared waivers, the Bengals brought him back on the practice squad Tuesday.

Smith practiced with the team Wednesday, but Thursday he signed with Cleveland, whom the Bengals play in Week 12.

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A sixth-round draft pick out of Fresno State in 2015, Smith appeared in 31 games, including three this season.