Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/2/13
According to the Cleveland Plains Dealer, the Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young. The Browns are rebuilding their defense under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton and both players weren’t figured into the future plans. Salary played a big part in Gocong’s release as he was slated to make $4.5 million in 2013. A versatile player who plays inside and outside linebacker, Gocong will provide value to a linebacker needy 3-4 defense. Mike Wilkening of Profootballtalk.com writes: ‘Gocong was a 16-game starter as an inside linebacker in Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme in 2010 and moved to outside linebacker in Dick Jauron’s defense in 2011. Gocong was acquired from the Eagles nearly three years ago in the opening months of then-Browns GM Tom Heckert’s tenure in Cleveland. Heckert is no longer with the Browns, and Shurmur was fired at the end of the 2012 season, replaced by Rob Chudzinski. Young, 27, started 11 games a season ago for Cleveland, with the bulk of those starts at free safety. He was a 2011 free-agent addition for the Browns.’     var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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