Browns released RT John St. Clair.
St. Clair was due nearly $3.3 million and turns 34 this summer. Credit the Browns for shedding a ton of washed-up weight Wednesday. A 24-game starter for Cleveland over the past two seasons, St. Clair was a liability as a pass protector and below average in run blocking. He may catch on as a swing tackle elsewhere, but his days as a viable starter are long gone.
Feb 9, 6:35:00 PM
- TE - Browns
Browns released TE Robert Royal.
The Browns' six Wednesday cuts combined to save nearly $17 million in 2011 salary, and nearly $19 million including bonuses. Royal was due over $2M after catching just five balls for 56 yards in 15 games (four starts) last season. He turns 33 in May and won't attract much interest in free agency.
Feb 9, 6:29:00 PM
- LB - Browns
Browns released LB Eric Barton.
Browns started 12 games at inside linebacker in 2010, but that was never the plan. He was forced into action after D'Qwell Jackson's year-ending injury. Turning 34 next September, Barton is no more than a two-down thumper in the twilight of his career. He may have played his last down in the NFL.
Feb 9, 6:26:00 PM
- LB - Browns
Browns released LB David Bowens.
Bowens didn't fit Cleveland's new 4-3, and the old Eric Mangini favorite turns 34 before next season. He was never going to see his $1.65 million scheduled salary. We'd have a lot more confidence in Bowens finding a new home if Mangini was still in the league. He's a coaching free agent.
Feb 9, 6:23:00 PM
- DL - Browns
Browns released DE Kenyon Coleman.
The most surprising of Cleveland's first round of offseason cuts, Coleman was a 16-game starter at left end in 2010, racking up 68 tackles to rank sixth on the team, and chipping in 2.5 sacks. A quality run defender, the 32-year-old (in April) was deemed a misfit for the Browns' new 4-3 scheme. Coleman probably has a year or two left as at least a rotational 3-4 end.
Feb 9, 6:17