It's official: Cleveland releases Couch

The ties have been cut – officially. The Cleveland Browns announced that they have released quarterback Tim Couch. The anticipated move was reportedly delayed by a grievance Couch filed against his now former team.<p>

The former No. 1 pick filed a complaint against the Browns after the team banned him from workingout at their training facility. The matter is now resolved, freeing the Browns to make the release official.

Likewise, Couch is now free to sign with another team. The Packers look to be first in line, with their months-long effort to sign him as a backup for Brett Favre.

Couch leaves behind a love-hate relationship in Cleveland, where he was expected to turn the franchise around. His five seasons there saw him throw for 11,131 yards and 64 touchdowns, but never got close to the success expected of the former No. 1 overall draft pick.

Neither Couch nor his agent commented on Friday or Saturday on his future with the Packers.

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