Kindred was waived by the Browns on Monday but didn't make it through waivers unclaimed. The 25-year-old started 17 games over his three years in Cleveland but figures to serve as a reserve defensive back with special teams duties for Indianapolis.
The Browns are waiving Kindred, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
A 2016 fourth-round pick, Kindred had 144 tackles (105 solo) and two picks in 42 games (17 starts) for the Browns, struggling with coverage and missed tackles along the way. His experience on both defense and special teams could lead to a waiver claim, but it's unlikely that any team would view Kindred as a desirable starter. Meanwhile, the Browns reportedly have shown interest in free agents Eric Berry and Tre Boston as options for the starting job alongside Damarious Randall.
Head coach Hue Jackson said Kindred split first-team reps with 2017 first-round pick Jabrill Peppers during spring workouts, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.
Kindred held down the starting job at strong safety throughout the 2017 season, but Peppers is expected to see an expanded role in his second year as a pro. Training camp and the preseason will likely decide which of the two opens the 2018 campaign with the first-team defense, but both figure to have a key role in the Gregg Williams' retooled defense this season.
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