CLEVELAND - The Browns release linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young. They sign kicker Brandon Bogotay.
It's a tough break for Gocong, who was hurt during training camp last season, coming off his best season in 2011.
He was picked up in a 2010 trade with Philadelphia. Since that time, he started 32 games and totaled 141 tackles with 5.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He spent all of last season on injured reserve with a ruptured right Achilles sustained in training camp.
Young was signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2011. In his two seasons with the team, he played in 29 games with 19 starts and posted 118 tackles, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery. He palyed college football at Kent State University.
A three-year letterman as a kicker at the University of Georgia (2009-11), Bogotay appeared in 14 contests, while kicking behind current Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who as a rookie in 2012 was voted to the NFC Pro Bowl squad. During his collegiate career, Bogotay handled kickoff duties as eight of his 29 career kickoffs went for touchbacks. He also converted all seven career PATs. As a senior, he made one of two field goal attempts, as his only miss came from 52 yards.
Before attending the University of Georgia, Bogotay spent one season at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California, where he was named a First-Team All-Southern Conference selection after converting 15-of-23 field goals with a long of 52 yards. Born May 8, 1989, the 6-3, 207-pound Bogotay attended Patrick Henry High School in his hometown of San Diego, California.
The Browns also keep wide receiver Jordan Norwood and long snapper Christian Yount they signed their tenders as exclusive rights players.