The Browns confirmed for us today that LB Bryan Hickman, an undrafted free agent from Kansas State, has been released. No reason for the decision was provided for the club. The team also confirmed the release of another recent free agent signee, Hakeem Kashama, who was also a late-signing free agent.
The release of Hickman comes as a bit of a surprise, as he was a well-regarded free agent acquisition. Hickman, for example, was listed as one of the top undrafted rookies by the Sports Network, among others. Hickman finished second on last year's Kansas State squad in tackles, following only fellow Brown undrafted free agent Josh Buhl, who was the Division 1-A tackles leader.
Kashama, a defensive end from the University of Connecticut, was signed by the Browns on May 20th, but faced an uphill battle on a team relatively deep at the position. Kashama's teammate, Uyi Osunde, remains with the team, but has not been able to practice due to injury.