Browns claim DE Zettel off waivers

The Sports Xchange

September 06, 2018 at 6:49 pm.

The Cleveland Browns claimed defensive end Anthony Zettel off waivers, the team announced Thursday.

Zettel was released Wednesday by the Detroit Lions, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Penn State.

In a corresponding move, Cleveland waived offensive lineman Aaron Neary, who was picked up on waivers four days earlier.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Zettel started all 16 games for Detroit last season. He collected 43 tackles and finished second on the team with 6.5 sacks.

As a rookie, Zettel appeared in 13 games and recorded 13 tackles and 1.0 sack.

Despite his productivity last season, Zettel was not an ideal fit under new coach Matt Patricia. While a defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots for six seasons, Patricia utilized a 3-4 defensive alignment.

Zettle amassed 20 sacks in four seasons at Penn State, including a career-high 8.0 as a junior in 2014. He also had 17 tackles for loss that season and intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown.

As a senior, Zettel had a career-high 46 tackles, including 11 for loss, to go with 4.0 sacks.
The Browns will open the regular-season at home Sunday against bitter AFC North rival Pittsburgh.