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Dolphins claim Dimitri Patterson

Dimitri Patterson

Cleveland Browns’ Dimitri Patterson plays against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


On Monday, the Browns dumped cornerback Dimitri Patterson.

On Tuesday, the Dolphins pounced.

Per a league source, the Dolphins claimed Patterson on waivers.

Patterson, who has a guaranteed base salary of $2.95 million in 2013, will receive $340,000 over the final two weeks of the season from the Dolphins, letting the Browns off the hook.

Patterson is under contract through 2014. Absent a no-trade clause in his contract, Patterson can declare himself a free agent after 2013, a season in which he’s due to earn a base salary of $4.5 million.

It’s a low-risk gamble for Dolphins, who are still technically alive for a playoff berth.