BEREA, Ohio--One of the biggest free agent signings the Browns have made in recent history was let go.
The Browns announced that outside linebacker Paul Kruger was released along with quarterback Austin Davis, kicker Travis Coons and tight end E.J. Bibbs as the Browns reduce their roster to 76 and have to be to the mandatory limit of 75 by Tuesday at 4 pm.
Kruger, 30, was signed to a five-year contract for $40.5 million in 2013 after the Ravens won the Super Bowl. Kruger had 11 sacks in 2014 but his totals dropped to just 2.5 in 2015. The Browns drafted Emmanual Ogbah and Carl Nassib this year to improve their pass rush and last year they added Nate Orchard.
Davis was in his fifth year and second with the Browns. He suffered a concussion in the preseason opener and although he returned to practice last week, didn't play against Tampa Bay last Friday night.
Coons was the Browns kicker in 2015 making 28-of-32 attempts, but the four missed were all blocked. Former Tampa Bay kicker Patrick Murray was taking the first reps in preseason games.
Bibbs made the 2015 final roster as an undrafted free agent and caught one pass for seven yards in seven games played.
In the official release from the team, the contracts of Kruger, Davis and defensive lineman Nick Hayden were terminated. The Browns also waived the following: Coons, Bibbs, DB Sean Baker, WR Josh Boyce, WR Ed Eagan, FB Robert Hughes, TE David Reeves and OL Cory Tucker. DL Niles Lawrence-Stample (shoulder) and RB Glenn Winston (shoulder) were placed on injured reserve.