Browns start major housecleaning

On the third day NFL teams have been permitted to make roster moves, there was a major housecleaning in Cleveland.

It’s out with the old and in with the new regime, led by new coach Pat Shurmur.

Six veterans were released, the most significant being defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who was on the hook for a base salary of $5.5 million in 2011, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. That was somewhat surprising because new defensive coordinator Dick Jauron worked with Rogers previously in Detroit. Jauron’s defenses have featured large space-eating tackles in the past. When he was the head coach of the Chicago Bears, they had Ted Washington and Keith Traylor at the heart of the line. Rogers went to the Pro Bowl in 2008.

Also let go were linebackers Eric Barton and David Bowens, former New York Jets that ex-coach Eric Mangini had imported. Defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman, offensive lineman John St. Clair and tight end Robert Royal were also cut loose. St. Clair started 10 games last season.

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