In an effort to keep on turning over the roster, the Cleveland Browns released two more veteran players yesterday. The front office continues to put their own stamp on the roster, as Chris Gocong and Usama Young will no longer be wearing the iconic orange helmet.
The Gocong move is somewhat understandable. The Browns have a variety of youngsters at the linebacking position. Based off of last year, how could you not like Craig Robertson, L.J. Fort, and James-Michael Johnson? One of them is sure to pan out, if not all three.
Gocong was coming off an Achilles injury that happened in training camp and kept him out all of last season. With the addition of Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves, the 29-year old Gocong became expendable. Cleveland is sure to target some more linebackers in the upcoming NFL draft too.
A former Kent State Golden Flash, Young was serviceable last year, but is not a starting safety. With the release of Young, the Browns better have some safeties on their big board in Berea, OH. If the season were to start tomorrow, I have no clue what safety would line up next to T.J. Ward in the secondary — you might say Eric Hagg, but let’s be realistic.
In another move yesterday, the Browns inked former Georgia Bulldogs place kicker, Brandon Bogotay. The addition of Bogotay has got to be just for a camp body, and is the tenth free agent signed by the brown-and-orange.
The Browns would be better off taking a more experienced college kicker later in the draft or signing a veteran later. I like Lawrence Tynes from the New York Giants, who would be the perfect replacement for the departed Phil Dawson.
It’s only 22 days till the highly-anticipated draft and then we will have seven new players to dissect. Don’t you just love Browns football?
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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