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Cleveland Browns sign former Bengals linebacker Jayson DiManche

The Cleveland Browns are looking to bolster their struggling defense and tapped their cross-state rival for help in linebacker Jayson DiManche.

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The Cleveland Browns are off to a familiar 2-4 start in 2015, but they aren't sitting idly and allowing things to get worse. On Tuesday, they made the decision to waive running back Shaun Draughn and signed former Bengals linebacker, Jayson DiManche.

Formerly an undrafted college free agent, DiManche joined the Bengals in 2013 and was a prominently followed player on the team's second stint on HBO's "Hard Knocks". He was one of the feel-good stories of an underdog making the final roster, which was a feat given the overall talent of the team. Dimanche was one of the Bengals' undrafted free agent success stories when he made the roster.

DiManche played in 28 games for the Bengals, while recording 28 tackles (17 of which were solo tackles) and two forced fumbles. Most of his work was done on special teams, where he was a valued member of the unit. The Bengals waived DiManche right before the season, giving him an injury settlement for a knee issue he suffered in the final preseason game.

Per Daryl Ruiter, a writer for CBS' Cleveland affiliate, the Browns have struggled mightily in a number of categories this season:

The former Bengals linebacker likely won't have a huge impact on those numbers, but he'll be a willing special teams player and spot starter, should Cleveland suffer injuries. The Bengals play Cleveland in Week 9 at home on Thursday Night Football.