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.