CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns released linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young and signed kicker Brandon Bogotay the team announced Tuesday.
Gocong, who was acquired in a 2010 trade with Philadelphia and signed a 4 year $18.5 million contract in late Sept. 2011, spent last season on injured reserve after rupturing his right Achilles during training camp.
He started 32 games and totaled 141 tackles with 5.5 sacks, 6 passes defensed, 3 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles during the 2 seasons he was on the field.
Young was signed to a 3 year $6 million contract as an unrestricted free agent in 2011 and played in 29 games with 19 starts in his 2 seasons. He recorded 118 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1.5 sacks, 8 passes defensed and a fumble recovery in Cleveland. Young was due to make $2.15 million in 2013.
Bogotay was a 3-year letterman as a kicker at the University of Georgia from 2009-11 where he appeared in 14 games handling kickoff duties. 8 of his 29 career kickoffs went for touchbacks and he also converted all 7 career PATs. As a senior, he made 1 of 2 field goal attempts – the miss came from 52 yards.
The team also announced that receiver Jordan Norwood and long snapper Christian Yount signed their tenders as exclusive rights players Tuesday.
Norwood appeared in 2 season games last season and caught 13 passes for 137 yards before a foot injury forced him to miss the final 11 games.
Yount played in all 16 games in 2012 and recorded 4 tackles on punt coverage in addition to handling long snapping duties.