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Browns release Chris Gocong, Usama Young


The Browns have released linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young, defensive regulars in Pat Shurmur’s tenure as head coach. Cleveland announced the moves Tuesday afternoon.

The 29-year-old Gocong missed the 2012 season with an Achilles injury suffered in training camp. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, he was slated to make close to $4.5 million in salary in 2013. 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.

The Browns also announced the signing of free-agent placekicker Brandon Bogotay, who played collegiately at Georgia from 2009-11. He primarily focused on kickoffs, with Blair Walsh handling field goals.

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14 Responses to “Browns release Chris Gocong, Usama Young”
  1. tiggerblood says: Apr 2, 2013 4:43 PM

    Their ya go Cincy recycle the Browns trash on the cheap both decent ad depth.

  2. bgm9876 says: Apr 2, 2013 4:44 PM

    bills, steelers

  3. st1llerz1 says: Apr 2, 2013 4:48 PM

    At the right price Gocong can come in and provide an active linebacker. I’m sure he’ll find a deal somewhere in the NFL if he’s healthy.


  4. operwapitsai says: Apr 2, 2013 4:58 PM

    I doubt the Vikings let Blair Walsh sign with the Browns…..

  5. turkjones says: Apr 2, 2013 4:59 PM

    Gocong is one of those rare 3-4 LBs who can play every position up and down the line at a competent level. He will surely catch on elsewhere and contribute, assuming his achilles recovery is going well.

  6. nineroutsider says: Apr 2, 2013 5:04 PM

    Young could offer decent free safety depth for the 9ers.

  7. benroethlisberger7 says: Apr 2, 2013 5:07 PM


  8. benroethlisberger7 says: Apr 2, 2013 5:11 PM

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!
    *fart fart*
    Here we go Steelers here we go!

    LOL @ you

  9. pacodawg says: Apr 2, 2013 5:12 PM

    i KNOW THE bROWNS ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.It was hard watching UsamaYoung get burned every game. Just watch the video of Jared Cook making him look silly in 2011.

    Addition by subtraction.

  10. swagjag says: Apr 2, 2013 5:13 PM

    Props to PFT for finding a pic of a Jarrett Dillard reception. I had no idea those even existed.

  11. romosmicrodongs says: Apr 2, 2013 5:40 PM

    gocung is nice

  12. benroethlisberger7 says: Apr 2, 2013 5:59 PM

    If America could official rename the toilet, they would call them Browns.

  13. kwjsb says: Apr 2, 2013 6:13 PM

    More players available for the next teams I.R. list.

  14. gotti11 says: Apr 2, 2013 7:44 PM

    Gocong was one of the worst linebackers I’ve ever watched play on a Sunday.

    Addition by subtraction for the Browns.

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