Redskins release Anthony Lanier, sign Caleb Brantley
ASHBURN The Redskins released defensive lineman Anthony Lanier and signed defensive tackle Caleb Brantley on Monday, a source said.
Brantley, 24, was drafted in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns in 2017, though was released on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 307-pound tackle appeared in 12 games last season, recording 18 tackles and two sacks.
In April 2017, Brantley was charged with a misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking a woman’s face and knocking her unconscious. The case, however, was later dismissed due to “insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction.”
Brantley, who played college football at Florida, was initially projected to be a Day 2 prospect, but fell to the sixth round, in part because of character concerns.
An undrafted free agent in 2016, Lanier was a late developer, but became part of the Redskins’ defensive line rotation last season after being inactive for the first six games. He finished with five sacks in 2017 two of which came against the Arizona Cardinals, a game in which he also had three pass deflections and a forced fumble.
Lanier was waived with an injury designation. He missed practice Sunday with a hip flexor strain.