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.
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
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
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.