The Browns started the work week of by purging their roster, releasing linebacker Adarius Taylor, tight end Demetrius Harris, cornerback T.J. Carrie, and offensive lineman Eric Kush according to the team’s official Twitter account.
None of the moves were surprising, especially since all four players were brought into the organization over the past two years by deposed general manager John Dorsey. The 29-year-old Taylor signed a two-year, $5 million contract to join the Browns last March but added very little to the Browns in 2019, seeing the field on just 58 defensive snaps while mostly functioning in a special teams capacity. His next stop will be his third team in three seasons.
Harris was used sparingly in his first (and only season) in Cleveland despite the fact that starting TE David Njoku spent most of the season on injured reserve. Harris posted a 15/149/3 line in 15 games and surprisingly took a back seat to Ricky Seals-Jones in the passing game. known mainly for his blocking prowess, the 28-year old tight end should have little trouble finding another team.
Carrie had two years remaining on his initial four-year contract, but his poor play coupled with his $6.75 million cap hit in the new league year made him expendable; Browns also have Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams on team-friendly rookie deals for years to come. With the ability to play both in the slot and along the perimeter, perhaps Carrie lands with the Broncos since he was initially linked to Denver before inking a contract with Cleveland.
Kush began the year as the team’s starting right guard over perennial bust Austin Corbett, but the former was quickly replaced by Wyatt Teller given Kush’s lackluster performance out the gates. Expect the 30-year-old to land elsewhere as an interior reserve since he logged 435-of-436 snaps at right guard just last year.
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