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Browns Release Veteran LB Gocong, Safety Young

The Browns today made some more surprising roster moves, as the team released veteran linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young.

The team announced they signed kicker Brandon Bogotay as a free agent.

A three-year letterman as a kicker at the University of Georgia (2009-11), Bogotay appeared in 14 contests, while kicking behind current Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who as a rookie in 2012 was voted to the NFC Pro Bowl squad.

During his collegiate career, Bogotay handled kickoff duties as eight of his 29 career kickoffs went for touchbacks. He also converted all seven career PATs. As a senior, he made one of two field goal attempts, as his only miss came from 52 yards.

Before attending the University of Georgia, Bogotay spent one season at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California, where he was named a First-Team All-Southern Conference selection after converting 15-of-23 field goals with a long of 52 yards. Born May 8, 1989, the 6-3, 207-pound Bogotay attended Patrick Henry High School in his hometown of San Diego, California.

Gocong was acquired in a 2010 trade with Philadelphia. Since that time he started 32 games and totaled 141 tackles with 5.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He spent all of last season on injured reserve with a ruptured right Achilles sustained in training camp.

Young was signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2011. In his two seasons with the team he played in 29 games with 19 starts and posted 118 tackles, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

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One Response to “Browns Release Veteran LB Gocong, Safety Young”

  1. Denolakes says:

    Well, it is clear at this point that this team is not going to take any chances on guys recovering from major injuries, Grimes & Gocong being the being some of the latest examples. It looks more & more like a Dee Milliner draft, if this team stays at no. 6. If what I am reading around has any legitimacy, Cleveland should have some interest in their pick — where they could get a second round pick in exchange. they are going to need to get a kicker — and drafting one in a alter round is not out of the question (the picks from SF should do here, I should think). If they want a true developmental QB, they are going to have to get him in rounds 2 or 3. That would be 2 picks — on a team with some other places that need shoring up — like TE, CB, OL & WR — as well as needing at least one more OLB and DE. I like Milliner — but like the chance at a second round pick if only moving a few slots down even better.

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