CLE: RB Released; QB and DL Next?


Posted Feb 17, 2010



The Cleveland Browns terminated the contract of RB Jamal Lewis, the team announced Wednesday. According to a league source, Lewis failed a team physical. Lewis was suffering post-concussion symptoms late last season and was placed on injured reserve.

“I enjoyed getting to know Jamal and having the opportunity to coach him last season,” said Browns head coach Eric Mangini. “We want to thank him for his contributions to the Cleveland Browns and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. I’m sure he will be successful in whatever he decides to pursue.”

Lewis hinted to his teammates before the 2009 season ended that he planned to retire. However, his agent, Mitch Frankel, indicated that Lewis hasn't decided what he wants to do, retire or play.

As Scout.com first reported recently, Lewis was due a $1.5 million roster bonus around March 9. He carried a base salary of $2.4 million for 2010.

Veteran QB Derek Anderson, as Scout.com also reported previously, has a roster bonus of $2 million due on March 19. He also carries a base salary of $7.45 million.

A player personnel source said that another player to keep an eye on his veteran DL Corey Williams. Williams only started two games at defensive end for the Browns last season and seems out of place playing end in Cleveland's 3-4 scheme. The 29-year old defensive lineman has a $1.7 million roster bonus due relatively soon, the source added. Williams carries a base salary of $4.2 million for 2010.

Williams played defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers, prior to the to the 2008 trade with the Browns.

For more on the Browns, check out Orange and Brown Report.


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