Browns sign Parsons, Rogers, waive Slaughter

The Cleveland Browns have signed offensive lineman Alex Parsons and kicker/punter Jake Rogers, the team announced in a release on Monday afternoon.

Parsons is a 6-foot-4, 301-pound lineman who spent training camp with the Oakland Raiders last year before being part of the last roster cuts prior to the start of the regular season. Previously, Parsons played in all 16 games and started the opener at center in 2012.

Before making the Raider's active roster in 2012, Parsons spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons on Oakland's practice squad.

The Irvine, California, native is a product of the University of Southern California (USC), where he was the Trojans' starting right guard for 21 straight games as a junior and senior.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Rogers is technically in his first NFL season out of the University of Cincinnati, and has never played in a regular-season game despite being a part of the New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Dallas, New York Giants and Washington organizations after the Saints signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

During the 2011 preseason, Rogers converted all three of his field-goal attempts and five points after touchdown kicks, and totaled 250 yards on six punts for the Buccaneers.

Rogers finished his collegiate career as the Cincinnati Bearcats' all-time leading scorer (339 points). He converted 51 of his 75 field-goal attempts, and broke a Cincinnati record with 63 extra points during the 2009 season.

The Warsaw, Indiana, native was a soccer player at Warsaw Community High School, who went on to set school records for points after touchdowns, field goals, and the longest field goal made in only one prep season.

In addition to the signings of Parsons and Rogers, the Browns waived defensive back Jamoris Slaughter, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft (No. 175) out of Notre Dame, despite still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

After last year's training camp, Slaughter was waived by the Browns, but was later signed to Cleveland's practice squad, where he spent the entire season. Slaughter had been signed to a reserve/futures contract back on Dec. 30, 2013, the day after the regular season ended.


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