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Browns cut defensive lineman John Hughes

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 20: Running back Bryce Brown #36 of the Seattle Seahawks fights for extra yardage as defensive lineman John Hughes III #93 tries to make the tackle during second half of a football game at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 30-13. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Browns cut veteran defensive lineman John Hughes as part of a series of roster moves announced Tuesday.

Hughes played in 53 games, starting 10, since being drafted in the third round in 2012. He was a healthy scratch last week and seemed to fall out of the team’s plans with the emergence of rookie defensive end Carl Nassib and with Hughes’ extended absence for personal reasons during training camp.

Hughes became the rare new-era Browns player to sign a second contract with the team when he signed a four-year extension prior to the 2015 season.

As a vested veteran, Hughes’ contract was terminated. He’ll become a free agent and isn’t subject to the league’s waiver system.

The Browns cut Hughes and rookie linebacker Scooby Wright to make room on the roster for quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and center Austin Reiter, both of whom are being added to address injury shortages.

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6 Responses to “Browns cut defensive lineman John Hughes”
  1. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 20, 2016 4:09 PM

    The offensive (protection failures) causes your quarterback(s) to get injured, but you get rid of two defensive players…got it (sounds like something Sean Payton would do, too, FWIW)

  2. oscarxray says: Sep 20, 2016 4:17 PM

    The Browns shouldn’t stop there and ought to finish off the clean sweep of content losers.

    What will it take to trade Joe Thomas and Joe Haden? First a Super Bowl contender is going to need them due to injury and I figure a #2 for LT and #3 for CB.

    The Browns may as well do it. Both of these players are on their last legs and,like it or not,they are part of the losing culture.

  3. ahs2 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:29 PM

    Greatest comedy director of the ’80s!!

  4. The Mike says: Sep 20, 2016 4:34 PM

    At least he’s still got his Breakfast Club money to fall back on.

  5. niles6590 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:51 PM

    Tough call whether to trade Thomas and Haden or not. Yes the team is building for the future but you still need veteran leadership to bring the young guys along and develop leaders of the future. You could get more picks for them but you have to weigh that against what they can do for the team’s future if they stay.

  6. oldcracker says: Sep 20, 2016 5:17 PM

    MONEYBALL!!!

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