Browns Let Jurevicius Go

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

No surprise here. The Cleveland Browns have released wide receiver Joe Jurevicius. Jurevicius was due to make $2.9 million this season and after missing the 2008 season with a knee injury there was no way the new Browns regime would keep that salary on board. One can’t blame them thou, Joe’s had seven surgeries in the past twelve months on his knee due to a staph infection.

“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,” G.M. George Kokinis said in a statement. “Eric 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. We want to thank Joe for his contributions to the Browns and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Really all that means is, you don’t fit into our plans but we’ll keep you aboard if you pay what we give you. No one has any clue what the Browns were willing to pay the veteran but I’m sure it wasn’t much more then the league minimum.

The real question now is where does Jurevicius wind up? There is really only one team that comes to mind, the Seattle Seahawks. The ‘Hawks were devastated by injuries at the wide receiver position in 2008. Things were so bad they weren’t even able to dress four quality guys most guys. Seahawks president Tim Ruskell doesn’t want that to happen again and may take a flier on the vet.

Jurevicius initially left Seattle to go play closer to home (he’s from Cleveland). I’m sure if Seattle showed interest, no matter the price, they’d be his number one choice. While its far from Cleveland, his wife is from the Washington area. When it’s going to be your final season and you just want to prove you can still play, little things like that can go a far way.

Seattle will probably wind up being his only option thou, so the being close to home may not even come to play. If anyone offers him a contract it will be close to the league minimum and it might be more of a training camp tryout. When you’ve had seven knee surgeries in a calender year you aren’t going to have many options.

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