Browns release lineman Shaun Smith

Updated: August 8, 2009, 11:37 PM ET
Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio -- Never afraid to speak his mind or offer an opinion, veteran defensive lineman Shaun Smith was released Saturday by the Cleveland Browns.

Coach Eric Mangini offered few details about his decision to cut Smith, who started 19 games in two seasons with Cleveland and last year was involved in a weight-room fight with quarterback Brady Quinn.

"We needed to create a roster spot and that's really what it came down to," Mangini said.

Agent Neil Schwartz said Smith ...

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