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New Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur made his first major step of the offseason Wednesday by cleaning house with veteran players.
The Browns cut six veterans, which include tight end Robert Royal, offensive tackle John St. Clair, defensive linemen Shaun Rogers and Kenyon Coleman and linebackers David Bowens and Eric Barton. Most were considered favorites of former Browns head coach Eric Mangini.
"We kind of had a feeling that with a new regime Cleveland wanted to go with younger players," said Bowens' agent, Harold Lewis. "David was Eric's guy and [former defensive coordianator] Rob Ryan's guy. So it's not a surprise."
The biggest name on this list is Rogers, who is one of the NFL's most dominant defensive linemen when healthy. Rogers had his best year under former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel in 2008 but suffered injuries and never played as well during his two seasons under Mangini.
Coleman was acquired from the Jets when New York traded up to select Mark Sanchez in the 2009 NFL draft. Of the seven players the Browns received in trades related to the Sanchez deal, only center Alex Mack is still with Cleveland. Safety Abram Elam, who was included in the trade, is a free agent.
James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com. You can also follow him at espnafc_north.