Although Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet went undrafted and then was waived on Monday after signing with Philadelphia, his value as a potential NFL player was validated Tuesday when Cleveland claimed him on waivers. Several teams were interested in Maysonet, but as the sixth team in the waiver order, the Browns were the highest to put in a claim.
Agent Joe Linta, who represents Maysonet, said the running back remained upbeat after being waived so quickly by the Eagles, whose new coach, Chip Kelly, reportedly disagreed with the personnel department about Maysonet.
"He didn't get a clear chance,'' Linta said. "But he handled it like a pro. I was more upset than he was.''
Maysonet, who received a $10,000 signing bonus plus the rookie minimum of $405,000, will be joining a team that started Trent Richardson, the third overall draft pick in 2011, at running back last season and that yesterday re-signed Brandon Jackson, a starter for Green Bay in 2010.
"You're not going in to be a starter,'' Linta cautioned. "You're going to compete for a spot on the practice squad. It's a process.''
New coach Rob Chudzinski brought in former San Diego head coach Norv Turner as offensive coordinator.
"I think Miguel will fit,'' Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said of Turner's system. " . . . I think Cleveland took him with the intention of giving him an opportunity. That's what you look for, so, we're excited.''
Maysonet did not return messages seeking comment.