Tight end Randall Telfer was the odd man out with the Browns.
So he was traded to the Chiefs on Wednesday for defensive end Dadi Nicolas.
Telfer, the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year last season, became expendable when Darren Fells was signed in free agency. He replaces Telfer as the chief run blocker at the position, with David Njoku and Seth DeValve the primary pass catchers.
Telfer was a sixth-round pick in 2015 but missed his rookie year with a foot injury. He started 19 of 30 games in the last two years with five catches for 40 yards.
“Cleveland, it’s been one hell of a ride,” tweeted Telfer, who was extremely active in the community. “Huge thank you to the entire Browns organization, Mr. Jimmy and Dee Haslam, and the entire city of Cleveland for believing in me and showing me love from the first day I landed in Cleveland. I will miss you all dearly and this city will always have a special place in my heart.”
Nicolas is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds and entering his third season out of Virginia Tech. Browns general manager John Dorsey drafted him in the sixth round in 2016 when he was in the same role with the Chiefs.
Nicolas appeared in 11 games as a rookie and missed all of last season after rupturing his patellar tendon in the 2016 regular-season finale. The Haiti native had 17.5 sacks in 49 games at Virginia Tech.
Dorsey isn’t a fan of “Hard Knocks,” the HBO reality show that chronicles one NFL team’s training camp from behind the scenes.
“I don’t believe we’re on ‘Hard Knocks,’” he said on WKNR 850-AM. “I don’t think there’s anything good that comes out of ‘Hard Knocks,’ but we’ll see.”
The Browns could be forced to appear on the show for the first time. Teams who made the playoffs last year or have a new coach can decline, but the Browns don’t qualify on either count.
“You know what? They’ll do that, but it’s OK. I’m OK with it,” Dorsey said. “I mean, you know what? It is what it is, but I’m OK with it.”
The Browns could be attractive to the cable network after drafting Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick last week. They also have defensive end Myles Garrett, last year’s No. 1 pick, and receiver Josh Gordon.
The 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo seem like the other logical option.
The Browns claimed linebacker Jermaine Grace (6-1, 225) off waivers from Indianapolis.
He was undrafted out of the University of Miami in 2017 and appeared in 11 games with three special teams tackles.