Browns Release WR Jurevicius

In a move that goes pretty much along with the new regime that the Browns have, the team Wednesday decided they could wait no longer for Joe Jurevicius to get back on the field.

So the team decided to release Jurevicius, a die-hard Cleveland fan who attended Browns games as a kid. Reports say they did try to work out a new contract with the veteran wide receiver, but a deal could not be reached.

The 34-year-old Jurevicius missed all of last season after getting a staph infection in his right knee following a routine operation in January 2008.

He had one season remaining on a four-year deal he signed as a free agent in 2006. The Browns had approached Jurevicius and his agent, David Dunn, about restructuring his contract.

“These types of decisions are always difficult ones, especially with someone like Joe, who has meant a great deal to the Cleveland Browns organization and to the fans of Cleveland,” Browns general manager George Kokinis said. “Eric and I have had extensive conversations with Joe and his representatives. In the end we were unable to reach an agreement that was in the best interests of both parties. We want to thank Joe for his contributions to the Browns and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Jurevicius played two seasons for the Browns. He caught 40 passes with three touchdowns in 2006 and had 50 receptions with three touchdowns in 2007. He underwent a simple surgical procedure to clean out scar tissue in January 2008, and he contracted staph. The infection ravaged Jurevicius’ knee and he had to have six more operations.

“I don’t want them to see me give me up,” he said. “I could take the easy way out and say I’m done. I’m going to take the tough road and I’m not done. I’m going to play.”

In 11 seasons with the New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Seattle and Cleveland, Jurevicius has 323 receptions for 4,119 yards and 29 TDs.

Jurevicius set career highs with 55 receptions and 10 TDs for the Seahawks in 2005.

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3 Responses to “Browns Release WR Jurevicius”

  1. clayton says:

    Your heart hurts when a guy like Joe leaves because of his roots and his passion for the Browns. But your head can’t complain about this. Joe is 34 years old; he missed all of last season; who knows how his knee will ever be again; and at WR we need impact players who can also contribute down the road. Best wishes for him.

  2. Jason says:

    I can’t believe that Joe didn’t play fair economically given where he is in his career and recent injuries. Therefore, I would assume this is more of MANKOK doing whatever they want. God knows we don’t need a sure-handed 3rd and 8 receiver, given that we’re never in 3rd and long situations.

  3. Dan B says:

    I hear you Jason! Let’s see what Jet reject we can get now to replace Joe. The least the Browns should have done is see how he did at training camp. As you said why would we want a receiver who can hold onto the ball.

    This team continues to spiral down, unfortunately I do not think we have hit bottom yet. What has the new regime brought to us, anything for the fans to get excited about, NO, not a thing.

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