Smith walks away from Bengals to join Browns

11:08 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 Journal-News Sports
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 18: Derron Smith #31 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes the pickoff of the pass from Dan Orlovsky (not in photo) and runs for a second quarter touchdown during the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 18, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

On Saturday the Cincinnati Bengals cut safety Derron Smith. On Thursday, he walked away on his own, terminating his contract with the team to sign with the Cleveland Browns.

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The Bengals cut Smith to make room for kicker Marshall Koehn when Randy Bullock was unable to kick due to a back injury. After Smith cleared waivers, the Bengals brought him back on the practice squad Tuesday.

Smith practiced with the team Wednesday, but Thursday he signed with Cleveland, whom the Bengals play in Week 12.

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A sixth-round draft pick out of Fresno State in 2015, Smith appeared in 31 games, including three this season.