Verba Release Official

4:30PM As expected, the Browns released OT Ross Verba today as he paid back the bonus money given to him earlier this year. Here is the rather terse press release sent out by the team moments ago...

June 9, 2005
For Immediate Release



The Cleveland Browns terminated the contract of OL Ross Verba, the club announced today.

"We felt this decision was in the best interest of both the Browns and Ross," Browns Senior Vice President and General Manager Phil Savage said.  "With the return of Ryan Tucker, Jeff Faine and Melvin Fowler, and the addition of free agents Joe Andruzzi, Cosey Coleman, L.J. Shelton and Marcus Spears, we're excited and confident in our offensive line."

Verba, 31, played four seasons (2001-04) in Cleveland and started 47 regular season games and one playoff contest for the Browns.  He missed the entire 2003 season after suffering a right bicep tendon injury in the final preseason game vs. Atlanta (Aug. 28, 2003).

Originally selected by Green Bay in the first round (30th overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft, Verba has played eight NFL seasons with the Packers (1997-2000) and Browns (2001-04).

He was signed by Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent on March 23, 2001.

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