The Cleveland Browns claimed defensive end Anthony Zettel off waivers, the team announced Thursday.
In a corresponding move, Cleveland waived offensive lineman Aaron Neary, who was picked up on waivers four days earlier.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Zettel started all 16 games for Detroit last season. He collected 43 tackles and finished second on the team with 6.5 sacks.
As a rookie, Zettel appeared in 13 games and recorded 13 tackles and one sack.
Despite his productivity last season, Zettel was not an ideal fit under new head coach Matt Patricia. While a defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots for six seasons, Patricia utilized a 3-4 defensive alignment.
Zettel amassed 20 sacks in four seasons at Penn State, including a career-high eight as a junior in 2014. He also had 17 tackles for loss that season and intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown.
As a senior, Zettel had a career-high 46 tackles, including 11 for loss, to go with four sacks.
The Browns will open the regular season at home Sunday against AFC North rival Pittsburgh.