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Browns release Dray, Starks

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The Browns announced Thursday that they’ve released veteran tight end Jim Dray and veteran defensive lineman Randy Starks.

Starks was signed last year as the Browns got older but not better on defense. He started 15 games at defensive end and had 29 tackles and one sack. Starks, 32, is a two-time Pro Bowler who has 42 career sacks in 12 seasons.

Dray played in every game over the last two seasons, starting 16. He had six catches for 61 yards last year as Gary Barnidge emerged as the team’s top tight end, went to the Pro Bowl and got a contract extension.

These are the first notable personnel moves the new Browns regime has made since taking over last month. Starks is the first veteran defender to go but probably not the last; for salary-cap reasons, the expected release of quarterback Johnny Manziel can’t happen until the start of the new league year next month.

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9 Responses to “Browns release Dray, Starks”
  1. pj1983a says: Feb 18, 2016 3:58 PM

    Starks was reliable, but unimpressive. And with as badly as the DL played last season, particularly at setting an edge against the rush, I’m not surprised that Horton wants to try to make an upgrade at DE.

  2. turkjones says: Feb 18, 2016 4:19 PM

    They forgot about Dray!

  3. Kelly's Chronicles says: Feb 18, 2016 4:22 PM

    I don’t know why they would cut Manziel next month. The most financially-efficient solution would be to wait until June 1 to release Manziel, which would allow the Browns to spread that dead money over two years. In that scenario, Cleveland would have to pay Manziel the $2 million in guarantees he’s set to earn next season but save the $2 million he’ll make in base salary. So, essentially, the Browns would break even.

  4. ncphinsfan says: Feb 18, 2016 4:46 PM

    I hated to see the Dolphins let Starks go at the time, but this clearly means he wasn’t worth nearly the amount he was seeking. See, the Dolphins CAN do something right.

  5. fanofpft says: Feb 18, 2016 6:16 PM

    Starks & Soliai were great at stopping the run with the Fins.

  6. samsonight1010 says: Feb 18, 2016 6:31 PM

    Red rover, red rover, Joey Bosa

  7. luckyjim1980 says: Feb 18, 2016 6:50 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Belichick took a flier on Starks. He’s been pretty complimentary of him in the past.

  8. omeimontis says: Feb 19, 2016 12:29 AM

    “Reports” of the demise of Johnny Football’s career have been greatly exaggerated.

  9. kwjsb says: Feb 19, 2016 8:39 AM

    Penalty Machines

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