The Browns were awarded rookie linebacker Eric Martin on waivers from New Orleans and waived second-year cornerback Trevin Wade.
A seventh-round pick last season from Arizona, Wade injured his shoulder while trying to make a diving interception during a training camp practice. He appeared in 13 games last season, playing mainly on special teams.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Martin originally signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent on April 28. He played in all three exhibition games, recording one special teams tackle. New Orleans waived the former Nebraska player on Tuesday.
As a senior, Martin was named first-team All-Big Ten and led the Cornhuskers with 8½ sacks. The Browns said he will wear No. 56 and is expected to be available Thursday night for the exhibition finale in Chicago.