The Browns waited until an obscure time to announce the news that they had terminated the contract of safety Donte Whitner.
“It is important for us to thank Donte for all of his contributions to the Cleveland Browns over the last two seasons,” said Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. “His passion for this city and dedication to his craft was contagious. These are difficult decisions to make but we felt it was the best decision for the Browns at this time. We wish him the best as he continues his career.”
The announcement was made Saturday night at 8:18 pm.
Whitner signed with the club as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and was selected to the Pro Bowl that season. He started all 14 games he played in 2015 and totaled 81 tackles, four passes defensed, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Whitner posted three tweets on his twitter account after the release:
"Cleveland. I'm gone."
"Love you Cleveland. My plan is in a different place. Their playing MONEYBALL now! Be blessed!"
"I just wish they had common courtesy and would've done it weeks ago when free agency was going on...#25thhour... But I'll bounce back!"