The Washington Redskins announced on Monday that they have signed free agent defensive lineman Caleb Brantley. In a corresponding move, the team waived defensive lineman Anthony Lanier II, designated as injured.
Brantley, a sixth-round selection by the Browns last year, was recently waived by Cleveland, a surprise move to many, where he appeared in 12 games, combining for 18 tackles and two sacks during his rookie season.
In three seasons with the Gators, Brantley tallied 80 total tackles (20.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks.
During his junior season, Brantley recorded 8.5 tackles for loss – tied for Gators' lead -- added 2.5 sacks and was named to the second-team All-SEC in 2016.
That same season was highlighted by consecutive strong performances against two of the nation’s best running attacks in LSU and Florida State, in which he totaled five tackles in each contest. In his final game at Florida the 6-foot-2, 307-pounder tallied three tackles and a sack at the 2016 Outback Bowl.
Lanier was entering his third season with the Redskins following a strong finish last year, ending his sophomore year in Washington with five sacks over the final seven games of the regular season. It was a promising campaign -- he played in 11 games -- after he missed the majority of his rookie year with an injury.
Head coach Jay Gruden said at his press conference yesterday that Lanier, the undrafted Alabama A&M product, didn’t practice with the team Sunday due to a hip flexor groin injury, the severity of which was unclear.