Amidst all fury of NFL Draft news and yesterday’s regular season schedule release, we didn’t have time to touch on the fact that the Cleveland Browns released three players from their roster: OL Alvin Bailey, S Tracy Howard, and DB Trae Elston.
The most notable release was Bailey, who played in 14 games and started 5 of them at right guard last year. He was suspended for Weeks 15 and 16 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, though, which could have put the nail in his coffin (he also wasn’t very good).
Howard is the next most notable release. He made the roster as an undrafted free agent last year, and amidst the team’s inexperienced group at safety, he ended up starting three games there. He eventually fell out of favor in terms of defensive playing time; he finished the year with 16 tackles, and 4 tackles on special teams. Elston was inactive for two games and also spent a couple of weeks on the team’s practice squad to close out the year.