New York Report: Stony Brook

Browns claim Stony Brook star Maysonet

May, 21, 2013
It didn’t take long for Miguel Maysonet to find a new team.

The former Stony Brook star, released Monday by the Philadelphia Eagles, was claimed on waivers Tuesday by the Cleveland Browns, according to a source.

The Browns are fairly deep at running back, so it won’t be easy for Maysonet -- an undrafted free agent -- to make the team. Ahead of him are Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, Dion Lewis, Chris Ogbonnaya and Brandon Jackson.

Maysonet never got much of a chance with the Eagles. He participated in three practices during the recent rookie minicamp, but he had to sit out the first week of OTA practices because of an NCAA rule. His class at Stony Brook graduates Friday, so he’ll be able to join the Browns at that time.

Maysonet was a small-school sensation, rushing for more than 1,900 yards last season and finishing second in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player on the FCS level.

Eagles waive Stony Brook star Maysonet

May, 20, 2013
Former Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, who signed a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles at the conclusion of last month's NFL draft, already is looking for a new team.

In a surprising move, the Eagles released Maysonet over the weekend. The team made it official Monday morning, announcing they had waived him. The waiver period is 24 hours.

It was curious on a few levels. Maysonet received a $10,000 signing bonus, the largest amount for any undrafted running back, according to a source. But he never got a chance to prove himself in OTA practices.

By NCAA rule, Maysonet wasn't allowed to participate in last week's OTAs because his class at Stony Brook still hasn't graduated. He took part in a three-day rookie minicamp almost two weeks ago, and that was it.

Perhaps the Eagles felt they had too many running backs on the roster after signing former Cowboys starter Felix Jones last week to a one-year contract. But there may have been other factors.

The front office wanted to keep Maysonet, but new coach Chip Kelly claimed he wasn't a fit in his system and wanted him gone, according to a source.

Maysonet's release created an immediate buzz. In fact, he was trending for several minutes on Twitter, highly unusual for a small-school player.

He was the first player in Stony Brook history to receive an invitation to the scouting combine, and he had hoped to become the first to get drafted. That didn't happen, but he generated interest from several teams, namely the Giants, Jets, Steelers and Buccaneers.

Maysonet, who rushed for more than 1,900 yards last season, participated in the Jets and Giants pro days for local prospects. The Jets have six running backs on their roster, but they could look to add another, considering the uncertain status of Mike Goodson. He was arrested last week on drug and weapons charges.