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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Updated: March 12, 9:37 AM ET
Browns cut Jurevicius

By James Walker
ESPN.com

The Cleveland Browns released veteran receiver Joe Jurevicius Wednesday night following an injury-plagued stint in which knee surgery and a staph infection caused him to miss the entire 2008 season.

Jurevicius, a Cleveland native, signed a four-year deal with the Browns in 2006 and was approaching the final year of his contract with the team. He caught 90 passes for 1,109 yards and six touchdowns in two active seasons with the Browns.

According to a source, the Browns asked Jurevicius to take a significant pay cut and he refused, which led to his release.

"These types of decisions are always difficult ones, especially with someone like Joe, who has meant a great deal to the Cleveland Browns organization and to the fans of Cleveland," Browns general manager George Kokinis said in a statement. "Eric [Mangini] and I have had extensive conversations with Joe and his representatives. In the end, we were unable to reach an agreement that was in the best interests of both parties."

Before the staph infection Jurevicius planned to retire after last season. He changed his mind because he didn't want to end his career without being active in his final season. It is unknown if Jurevicius plans to retire now following news of his release.

In 11 seasons with the New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Seattle and Cleveland, he had 323 receptions for 4,119 yards and 29 TDs.

James Walker is an NFL writer for ESPN.com