Former Dawg signs with Cleveland Browns

By Brent Meske, @brentmeskeDE

The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday the signing of former Saluki football linebacker Jayson DiManche. 

DiManche has been in the National Football League since 2013, when he was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. 

In two seasons, DiManche has played in 28 games, starting in one, and has recorded 28 combined tackles — 17 total and 11 assists. He also has a forced fumble and recovered a fumble. 


DiManche has been used on special teams in Cincinnati as well, recording 17 stops. 

He was waived by the Bengals on Sept. 11 and became a member of the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad last week. 

Cleveland waived running back Shaun Draughn to make room for DiManche. 

At SIU, DiManche played in 35 games, with 32 starts, recording 145 tackles, 46 tackles for a loss, 19 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. 

He is second in SIU history in tackles for a loss and fifth for sacks. 

DiManche’s first game with the Browns is noon Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis against the Rams. 

Brent Meske can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @brentmeskeDE.