While the teams around the NFL were releasing players en masse on Friday night, the Philadelphia Eagles made a trade with the Cleveland Browns to acquire safety David Sims. The Browns notified Sims of the trade shortly after the 9 p.m. ET deadline to cut rosters down to 53 players, and Sims sent out a tweet that he was headed to Philly. The Eagles announced shortly thereafter that they were sending a conditional draft pick in 2013 in return. To make room for Sims on the roster, the Eagles released Julian Vandervelde.
The Browns had notified Sims earlier in the day, somewhat surprisingly, that he would not make the final 53-man roster. The rookie from Iowa State distinguished himself in the preseason with the Browns and many thought he had played his way on to the team over injured safety Usama Young. He picked off two passes in the preseason, including one that was returned for a touchdown.