"I enjoyed getting to know Jamal and having the opportunity to coach him last season," said Browns head coach Eric Mangini said in a statement. "We want to thank him for his contributions to the Cleveland Browns and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. I'm sure he will be successful in whatever he decides to pursue."
Lewis posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2007 and 2008 as the club's leading rusher, but injuries limited his production in what turned out to be his final season in a Browns uniform in 2009.
Lewis had announced earlier in the 2009 season that it would be his last in the NFL, but he seemed to back off that stance by the end of the year.
So, if he does continue what could be a Hall of Fame career, it will be somewhere other than Cleveland thanks to the team's announcement this afternoon.