Browns part ways with veteran DE/LB Lang

Updated: February 23, 2006, 5:37 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Kenard Lang, whose sack totals diminished when he was switched from defensive end to linebacker last season, was cut by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday as they worked to get down to the salary cap when free agency begins in a week.

Linebacker
Cleveland Browns

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
41 28 13 0 2 0

The Browns also waived defensive back Michael Lehan.

Lang, 31, a nine-year veteran, lost 25 pounds to change position when new coach Romeo Crennel implemented the 3-4 defense in Cleveland. He recorded just two sacks and 43 tackles.

"I think Kenard really tried to do his best to make that transition ," Browns general manager Phil Savage said. "I'm not sure if it took away from some of his rush potential on third down."

Lang would have made $4.6 million in the last year of his contract. He played four seasons with the Browns and appeared in 62 games, including 49 starts at defensive end. He was a first-round draft pick of Washington in 1997 and played five seasons with the Redskins.

His best season came in 2003, when he had a career-high 79 tackles and eight sacks.

Lehan, 26, played three seasons with the Browns after being drafted in the fifth round in 2003. He appeared in 32 games, including four starts, and totaled 40 tackles.


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