Browns release Sheldon Richardson after two seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Browns know when you add a high-priced piece to their roster. It’s going to make money tight.

And as a result of the addition, usually, a subtraction has to be made. And the Browns made that decision on Friday.

Sheldon Richardson looks on during a game (Photo by the Cleveland Browns)

Earlier this week, the team signed free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Two days later, Sheldon Richardson was released.

With his departure, the Browns save $12 million against the cap. However, they’re responsible for $1.66 million in dead cap space by making the move.

After adding Clowney, the Browns were projected to have $10 million in cap space. Now, they’ll have approximately $20 million.

Richardson signed a three-year, $37 million deal with the team in March 2019. He was added by former Browns GM John Dorsey during his spending spree that off-season.

The defensive tackle will be looking to join his fifth team in his NFL career. Besides playing for the Browns, he also played for the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and the Minnesota Vikings.

The 2013 first-round draft pick is in a tough spot. His market is going to be limited with his release coming a month following the start of free agency.

Teams are going to have limited money to give to him. He may have to accept a one-year, prove-it deal before hitting the market again before the 2022 season.

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