Browns part ways with Chris Gocong, Usama Young
Both players were inconsistent starters for the club and recently played through injury marred seasons.
Chris Gocong, who was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles three years ago, started all 16 games during his first two seasons in Cleveland. But last season, Chris Gocong was sidelined in training camp with a torn Achilles' tendon and didn’t play at all in the 2012 season.
The Cleveland Browns are flushed at linebackers at the moment and are expected to make major renovations to the group, which began with signings of free agents Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves. Third-year pro Jabaal Sheard, who previously played defensive end for the Cleveland Browns is expected to switch to outside linebacker. The Cleveland Browns have youngsters Craig Robertson, James-Michael Johnson, and L.J. Fort returning, and possibly contending for a starting spot. Meanwhile D'Qwell Jackson is safely entrenched at the other spot.
Meanwhile Usama Young, who signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2011 never developed into the regular contributor the team had initially hoped for. Last season, Usama Young started 11 games, after second-year safety Eric Hagg lost the backing of the coaching staff. However, Usama Young battled injuries and has been known to be more suitable for a backup role over the past few years.
Rookie Tashaun Gipson showed some spark in the final weeks of the 2012 season. But safety is a position the Cleveland Browns were expected to upgrade through free agency and the draft, so they could be looking to add some help opposite incumbent starter T.J. Ward. The other remaining safeties on the roster are Tashaun Gipson and Eric Hagg. Ray Ventrone is not expected to return with the Cleveland Browns as he remains an unsigned free agent.
Additionally, Chris Gocong was set to make $4.45 million, while Usama Young was scheduled to earn $2.15 million in 2013. While in releasing both players the Cleveland Browns had to pay a combined $775,000, it is considerably less than the $6.6 million it would have cost to have Chris Gocong and Usama Young on the books.