TRAVERSE CITY — Max Bullough is back in the NFL.
The Traverse City native at St. Francis alum signed a reserve/future contract with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.
Players signed to reserve/future contracts means they are being signed for the following season even though that season does not officially begin until March. Only players who were not on any NFL team’s active roster when the previous season ended are eligible for such signings.
In three seasons in the NFL with the Houston Texans, he has been on the Texans practice squad and seen action in 30 games (four starts), totalling 56 tackles.
Bullough (6-3, 245) was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, and released by Houston on June 2. He did not play in the 2017 season.
After a standout college career at Michigan State, Bullough signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2014.
His younger brother, Riley, is a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. St. Francis has three current alumni in the NFL, including fullback Joe Kerridge with the Green Bay Packers.
The Browns also signed defensive lineman Ricky Ali'ifua, running back Kelvin Taylor, offensive lineman Joseph Cheek, defensive lineman Jeremy Faulk and defensive back Corey White to reserve/future contracts.