Report: Steelers Put In Waiver Claim For CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Were you one of several hoping the Pittsburgh Steelers would put in a waiver claim for cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu following his release from the Cleveland Browns? If so, you got your wish.

According to Field Yates ‏of ESPN, the Steelers were one of four teams who put in a waiver claim for Ekpre-Olomu, who is still currently attempting to overcome a serious knee injury that he suffered while at Oregon just prior to the 2015 Rose Bowl game.

Ekpre-Olomu was ultimately awarded to the Miami Dolphins due to them having the highest spot in the waiver claim process. The New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills also put in claims for the undersized cornerback, according to Yates.

The Browns waived Ekpre-Olomu on Monday amid concerns that his injured knee was still not healing properly and now it will be up to the young cornerback to prove that Cleveland made a huge mistake in doing so. Cleveland waived Ekpre-Olomu with the non-football injury designation less than one year after they selected him in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Assuming Ekpre-Olomu’s knee checks out, he should now stick on the Dolphins roster for at least the remainder of the offseason. It will be interesting to see if he’s able to make their final 53-man roster out of training camp later on this summer.

  • Big Joe

    Thought we should but was hoping no one else had. Just wanted to see what the problem was and see if they thought his medical could improve. Wasn’t really going to cost us much of anything

  • JM_3

    Don’t know if he’ll ever get back to what he was, but it’s nice to see the FO making an effort.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I just wanna know what the doctors are saying. Browns lost alot of talent so they probably couldn’t afford to save a spot for him when they have gapping holes.

  • vasteeler

    i still maintain my stance that the steelers FO should attempt a trade with the browns for the services of justin gilbert, by all accounts it was reported that they were interested in drafting him, he wants out of cleveland and they have been parting ways with most of the guys from the previous regime, we all know its unfair to judge young players on the browns considering how dysfunctional the organization has been

  • Trevor

    Can anyone explain how the NFL waiver claim process works? My only understanding is from fantasy football where you drop to the bottom of the list once you’ve made a claim, but my guess is that the NFL is vastly different. How is it determined, when/how does the order change, etc.

  • AnthVt

    just doesn’t seem like a good player or teammate

  • Colin Williams

    Teams are put in order based on record, strength or record, etc. The team with the worst record is first, the team with the best is last with everyone in between. Teams usually have 24 hours to put in a claim for a waived player. He is then awarded to the team that put in a waiver claim that had the worst record. That team takes over for his contract from his previous team. If a player does not get claimed he is able to sign with any team.

  • vasteeler

    but thats the point i just made, you can make that statement about several young guys that go to cleveland and once they’re on a stable organization that statement becomes invalid

  • Trevor

    Does that order change? Or is it built to benefit the worse teams giving them indefinite advantage of better waiver status?

  • vasteeler

    its designed for the worse teams, its all done to maintain parity

  • Colin Williams

    Only during the season after each week. During the offseason it remains the same.

  • Colin Williams

    Only certain players are subjected to waivers. Players with less than “4 accrued seasons” go through waivers, but after the trade deadline all player are subjected to waivers. The NFL defines and accrued season as a players being on the 53-man roster for a minimum of 6 games.

  • Trevor

    Thanks everyone. Good to know the process. Also good to know that at least the Steelers put in a claim. Too bad he landed in Miami instead.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Well we all know the Browns medical staff is one of the worst in the league.. He is lucky his leg didn’t fall off while under Cleveland’s care…
    This should be a great move for Ekpre-Olomu.

  • vasteeler

    just curious where did you hear/see that their medical staff was/is unsatisfactory?

  • thomas hmmmm

    Hmmm lets look at their recent history.. You can start with LeCharle’s Bentley, and all the other MRSA infections they have had..

  • Steve Johnson

    I don’t think they will attempt to trade for Gilbert. He is currently being paid as a 1st Rd draft pick. Gilbert would have to agree to a paycut.

  • vasteeler

    the mrsa outbreak was inexcusable, it takes unsanitary conditions for that to even occur

  • vasteeler

    i dont see it happening, but i would at least enquire about it

  • thomas hmmmm

    Exactly… I don’t think they invest much in their medical staff/rehab staff.. I’m not talking about surgeons or guys like that… All teams usually send their players to the top available surgeons.
    I am strictly talking about their in-house staff and rehab staff..

  • Sam Clonch

    You just said it, they just lost a ton of people. Some of them very talented at that. It’s not like they have a lot of guys coming in to fill those spots.

  • H.K. northern cali

    What kind of trade would u make? Our 4rd pick for the guy?

  • PaeperCup

    They are cutting everyone loose it seems. I can’t read the Browns anymore…not that they were successful at what they were doing prior to this Moneyball thing, but this move could be injury related or it could be numbers related…..don’t know.

  • AnthVt

    that doesn’t mean you stop showing up to meetings and stop caring. you get paid an enormous amount of money, do your damn job no excuses

  • Ray

    Interesting…considering there was a lot of people who thought this was a wasted roster spot and I was told that no team wants medical red flags…..

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I don’t think they have the time to watch him progress. They have had a ton of free agent departures and I figure they will bring a bunch of talent thru the draft + it’s a new coaching staff so already know they are revamping anyway.

  • vasteeler

    he’s disgruntled and its known league wide, plus he’s acted out, browns have 0 leverage, its better they get rid of him rather than allow him to be a distraction, i’d say a 6th rounder would be just, remember a proven wr in santonio holmes only garnered a 5th rd pick

  • vasteeler

    ant man i’m not arguing with you, but he’s not the only player to do that in cleveland, reports were that some guys didnt even attend mandatory film sessions, judging his 2 yr career based off his time with the browns isnt justified when you have information that inmates are running the asylum

  • H.K. northern cali

    Have a hard time thinks browns would like to trade him in division.

  • Matthew Marczi

    The waiver claim order during the offseason matches what the draft order would be without any trades or penalties of forfeited picks.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I will be the Johnny Come Lately on the SD staff and say I wouldn’t have minded the Steelers claiming him at all. It’s about as marginal risk as you can take on. Either he works out or he doesn’t, and you’re on the hook for dead money equivalent of a 7th-rounder.

  • Ray

    I agree 100%. If he doesn’t work out its not a big deal. The only thing is he takes a roster spot and I would rather take a chance with him as opposed to someone like Dayonne Nunley or Deion Belue

  • vasteeler

    If the price is right why wouldn’t they?? They’ve already traded with the steelers before during the draft, that netted shamarko Thomas

  • Tom Jackson

    Great and the absolute shitiest franchise of the 4 who wont even do something if Ifo turns out to be a top 10 guy got him. Man life is really fair sometimes… and we have one of the 4 last waiver spots now, right? Think thats how it goes at least… F you dolphins.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    No lies detected!

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think us just simply taking a shot at him, says as much as us actually getting him.

  • Aaron Dickerson

    I wasn’t going to comment on this thread, but this type of thinking really pisses me off. Just because some of these men make a lot of money does not mean that they should have to put up with anything that you would not put up with at your job. I won’t even go into the fact that they really make peanuts when you consider how much money they bring in for the owners and the league as a whole…But consider that there were only a 10-15 people in the world that could do your job as well as you, and you there were only 32 firms in the world that do your type of business… now imagine that you work for the absolute crappiest firm…..you never get raises or promotions, no vacation time, no recognition for your work, management keeps changing, so you have to deal with new protocols every 6 months, and you work in the worst part of town and the office is filled with 20 year old furniture and technology. The Other firms treat their employees with respect, they throw them parties. buy them meals, free massages, 4 weeks of vacation every year, comfortable and modern working environment.etc etc. and most of all, you know that they want your services. My guess is that you would quit the crappy job and move to the better one….but wait, crappy firm has your contract and pretty much owns your ass. Are you just gonna show up and “do your job” or are you gonna do everything in your power to make it so crappy firm has no choice but to let you go?

  • Matthew Marczi

    Yeah, and evidently the Steelers felt the same, although if they did they should have drafted him last year rather than 14 interceptions and 20+ missed tackles.

    The thing with Ifo and the Browns is that you can’t just look at it and say it’s the Browns. It’s also the Browns under a new regime, and while you can say that almost any year, seemingly, the fact remains that during every regime change there’s going to be some collateral damage and the desire to put your stamp on things, to build the roster with the sort of players (on and off the field) you want. A late-round guy trying to come back from an injury seems to be ripe for elimination in such a situation, so it doesn’t surprise me that (at least) four teams put in a claim for him.

  • AnthVt

    lol that’s the most pathetic excuse i’ve ever heard.