NFL teams were allowed to begin releasing players today as the League prepares for whatever will happen come March 4. The Cleveland Browns wasted no time trimming some fat as they announced they had cut DT Shaun Rogers, LB David Bowens, LB Eric Barton, DL Kenyon Coleman, TE Robert Royal and OL John St. Clair.
For Rogers, the decision was all about economics. Rogers was due to earn $5.5 million this coming season to go along with a $500K roster bonus. Rogers' production isn't near that level so the Browns did what everyone expected them to do, cut ties with him.
While the news on Rogers had been expected, it was Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot that released the other names a few minutes ago:
Each one of the players, with the exception of Rogers, could be considered Eric Mangini's players, and with new head coach Pat Shurmur now coaching, and Mike Holmgren in his second season as Browns President, you can tell that they are now going to build the Browns in their image instead of trying to help Mangini succeed.
Barton and Bowens were free agent acquisitions from Mangini's old team the Jets, while Coleman was acquired in a draft-day trade that allowed the New York Jets select Mark Sanchez in the 2009 NFL Draft. Coleman started 14 games for the Browns in 2010.
John St. Clair made 10 starts for the Browns at Right Tackle, but the Browns have Tony Pashos and they are hoping he comes back from the ankle injury that ended his 2010 season in October.