2/26: Official Team Press Release

Here is the official press release from the Browns announcing the series of roster moves which were made this afternoon.

FEBRUARY 26, 2003





The Cleveland Browns today announced the following transactions:


DB-Corey Fuller released.

LB-Dwayne Rudd released.

C-Dave Wohlabaugh released.


"These were tough decisions to make, but we had to make these moves in order to get under the salary cap," Head Coach Butch Davis said.  "Each of these players has contributed significantly to the success of the Cleveland Browns, and we are not necessarily ruling out a return to the team for some of them in the future.  One of the toughest aspects of this business occurs when you are forced to release players to conform to the salary cap.  In the NFL you cannot spend freely and keep every player you wish to retain, and many teams are facing this issue and the resulting difficult choices.  We approach our salary cap issues with the goal of achieving the best long term health for this franchise.  We were pleased to reach the playoffs in 2002, and we are continuing to strive to improve our football team."


The Browns have retained DT-Orpheus Roye by paying him a $1.25 million roster bonus and also signed DL-Felipe Claybrooks and S-Jason Moore to two-year contracts, while contracts were tendered to the following exclusive rights and restricted free agents:


DB-Michael Jameson (exclusive rights)

Jameson was tendered $300,000; the Browns thereby retain exclusive rights to his services. 


DL-Alvin McKinley (restricted)

OL-Shaun O'Hara (restricted)

DB-Lewis Sanders (restricted)

TE-Aaron Shea (restricted)

RB-Jamel White (restricted)


White was tendered $1.318 million.  He may negotiate with other teams, but the Browns have a right to match any offer sheet he signs and will receive a first-round draft choice should they decline to match.  McKinley, O'Hara, Sanders and Shea were each tendered $605,000.  Each may negotiate with other teams, but the Browns have the right to match any offer sheet they sign and will receive original draft choice compensation should they decline to match.

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