BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young.
They also signed placekicker Brandon Bogotay on Tuesday. Gocong was expected to bolster the linebacking corps when he was acquired in 2010 from Philadelphia, and he did start 32 games. But he missed last season with a torn right Achilles tendon, and with a new defensive alignment under coach Rob Chudzinski and coordinator Ray Horton, Gocong was considered expendable.
Young was signed as a free agent in 2011. In two seasons with the team he had 19 starts, 118 tackles and four interceptions. Bogotay kicked at Georgia for three seasons as a backup to Blair Walsh, who is now with the Vikings.
After signing quarterback Jason Campbell last week to a two year contract, Colt McCoy became expendable.
As the team has agreed to move McCoy and a 6th round pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for one draft pick in the 5th and another in the 7th round.
McCoy leaves Cleveland with a record of 6-15 as he threw 21 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. His career passer rating is 74.8.
"It was great to see the guys as a group for the first time. I was extremely pleased with the turnout - we had more than 60 players participate. I believe that the program Brad (Roll) and our strength staff has devised will greatly benefit our players.
These next two weeks will be an opportunity for the players to get acclimated to our offseason program, spend some time getting to know each other and also to have some meeting time with their position coaches before having our first organized on-field work on April 16."
(Berea) - The Cleveland Browns signed punter Jake Schum as a free agent.
Schum spent two seasons as at the University at Buffalo (2010-11), where he booted 119 career punts for 38.7 average, while landing 24 inside the 20-yard line. He transferred to Buffalo after spending one season (2007) at Buffalo State College.
Born January 11, 1989, the 5-10, 210-pound Schum is a native of Hamburg, New York and attended Frontier High School.
(Cleveland) - The Cleveland Browns today signed quarterback Jason Campbell to a two-year contract, the club announced. Campbell was previously as an unrestricted free agent from Chicago.
“Jason is an established leader who has started a number of games in this league and has had success,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “He brings us a veteran presence and a good set of physical tools. He played in a similar system when he was in Oakland and that will help in his transition.”
“We are excited to have Jason as a member the Cleveland Browns,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “He is a veteran player who has been productive throughout his career and will be a good addition to our team.”
Originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round (25th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, Campbell has started 71 of his 77 career games. He has completed 1,328 of 2,182 career passes (60.9%) for 14,682 yards with 76 touchdowns, 52 interceptions and an 82.5 passer rating.
Campbell has a plus-24 touchdown-interception ratio, and his 2.4 career interception percentage is tied for eighth-best in the NFL since 2005. In addition, he has totaled 1,096 rushing yards and six scores. Campbell spent the first five years of his career (2005-09) with the Redskins, where he became one of four quarterbacks in franchise history to throw for 3,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (3,245 in 2008 and 3,618 in 2009).
He became the franchise leader in career completion percentage (61.2) and his passer rating of 82.3 was second-best in Washington annals. He also established a team record with a streak of 271 consecutive passes without an interception, spanning from 2007-08, which was the fifth-longest streak ever in the NFL at the time.
Campbell was traded to Oakland prior to the 2010 season and spent two years with the Raiders. In those two seasons, he started 18 of his 19 contests and threw for 3,557 yards with 19 touchdowns. In 2011, he opened the first six contests and led Oakland to a 4-2 record before a broken collarbone ended his season.
Campbell signed with the Chicago Bears as an unrestricted free agent in 2012 and appeared in six games with one start last season. He completed 32 of 51 passes for 265 yards with two touchdowns.
Campbell started 40 games at Auburn University (2001-04), where he was named the SEC Player of the Year by the Associated Press and SEC Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches after leading the Tigers to a 13-0 record in 2004. As a senior, he was named MVP of the 2004 SEC Championship game and the 2005 Sugar Bowl and finished seventh in the Heisman voting. That season, Campbell set a then-school record with 2,700 passing yards and a tied a then-school record with 20 touchdown passes. He ranks second in Auburn history in career passing yards (7,299), completions (552) and touchdowns (45) and helped lead Auburn to three SEC Western Division titles and one SEC Championship.
Born December 31, 1981, the 6-5, 230-pound Campbell is a native of Laurel, Mississippi and attended Taylorsville High School. He was named the 1999 Gatorade Player of the Year in Mississippi.
The Cleveland Browns today signed tight end Kellen Davis and defensive back Chris Owens to one-year contracts, the club announced. Owens was previously an unrestricted free agent from Atlanta where he played four seasons, while Davis spent the last five seasons with Chicago.
“Kellen has played a lot in this league and has starting experience,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “His size and strength give him the ability to be a good blocker. He is a big guy who can run and provides a big target. We feel like he has a chance to help us at the tight end position.”
“Chris is an experienced cornerback who has played both inside and outside. He is very athletic with good movement skills. He is a tough, hard-nosed competitor - attributes which we are looking for in all of our players.” Originally drafted by the Bears in the fifth round (158th overall) of the 2008 draft, Davis has not missed a game in his career, having played in all 80 regular season contests with 35 starts.
He has registered 47 career receptions for 529 yards with 11 touchdowns. In 2012, he set career-highs in receptions (19) and receiving yards (229), while adding two touchdowns in 15 starts. In 2011, he recorded a career-high five touchdown catches, which tied for sixth-most among NFC tight ends that season.
In addition, Davis has added 10 career special teams tackles. He was waived by Chicago on March 13, 2013. Davis started 22 of 43 career games at Michigan State (2004-07), where he totaled 60 career receptions for 789 yards with nine touchdowns.
Born October 11, 1985, the 6-7, 265-pound Davis is a native of Adrian, Michigan where he attended Adrian High School. Originally drafted by the Falcons in the third round (90th overall) of the 2009 draft, Owens has appeared in 59 career regular season games with 12 starts. He has totaled 99 career tackles, three interceptions, 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one sack. During his four seasons with Atlanta, he helped the Falcons to a 45-19 (.703) record, three playoff appearances and two NFC South titles.
In 2012, he played in 13 games with one start and registered 17 tackles, four passes defensed and one forced fumble as the Falcons allowed the fewest passing touchdowns in the NFL (14).
Last season, Owens allowed an NFL quarterback passer rating of just 68.9 on passes thrown into his coverage. On special teams, he has totaled 27 tackles, including a career-best 10 in 2010, while also adding a fumble recovery in 2009. Owens started 38 of 48 career games at San Jose State (2005-08), where he recorded 228 career tackles, 13 interceptions, 20 passes defensed and one sack. Born December 1, 1986, the 5-9, 180-pound Owens is a native of Los Angeles where he attended Dorsey High School.
STATEMENT FROM THE CLEVELAND BROWNS ON PHIL DAWSON
"We want to thank Phil for all of his years of service to the Cleveland Browns. He accomplished a great deal in his time here on the field, as a team leader and in the community.
We know how much Phil meant to our organization and our fans, and he will always hold a special place in our franchise's history and with the city of Cleveland. We want to wish Phil and his family the best of success in San Francisco."
The Cleveland Browns agreed to terms on a two-year contract with running back Chris Ogbonnaya, the team announced. Ogbonnaya appeared in 15 games last season with one start. He recorded 24 receptions for 187 yards and rushed eight times for 30 yards.
He registered career-highs in receptions (6) and receiving yards (73) at Cincinnati (9/16) and totaled a career-long 54 yard reception at the New York Giants (10/7). Ogbonnaya also added two special teams tackles.
He has appeared in 30 career regular season contests with five starts and has totaled 95 carries for 420 yards (4.4 avg.) with one touchdown and 48 receptions for 371 yards.
(Cleveland) - FirstEnergy Stadium will host an international soccer match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Belgium on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m.
“We are extremely excited that FirstEnergy Stadium was selected as the site for an event which will have a tremendous amount of national and international interest,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “The opportunity to host a match like this will give soccer fans who make the trip to Cleveland a chance to see all of the great things that our city has to offer.”
Tickets for the match will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
This will mark the third time the city of Cleveland has hosted a U.S. Men’s National Team match and the first since May 26, 2006. In that contest, which was also held at FirstEnergy Stadium, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Venezuela, 2-0, in the second stage of the Send-Off Series for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The team’s first match in Cleveland came on May 21, 1994, as they were defeated by Bayern Munich, 3-2, at Municipal Stadium.
This year’s contest will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
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