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Former ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler cut by Cleveland Browns

Sep 1, 2017, 5:06 PM
(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)...
(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brock Osweiler’s days with the Browns were numbered when the quarterback arrived in a trade.

They’re now over.

Osweiler is being released by Cleveland, which will have to pay his $16 million guaranteed contract not to have him on their roster, a person familiar with the team’s moves told The Associated Press on Friday.

Osweiler will be officially cut on Saturday along with veteran guard John Greco, kicker Cody Parkey and defensive lineman Xavier Cooper when the team trims its roster to 53 on Saturday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is still finalizing its roster decisions.

The 26-year-old Osweiler was acquired by the Browns on March 9 from Houston for a 2018 second-round draft pick. The team did not have any long-term plans for Osweiler, who went 8-6 as a starter for the Texans last season. However, because of his large contract, the Browns were unable to unload Osweiler and he competed for their starting job this summer.

Osweiler was beaten out by rookie DeShone Kizer, who will be the 27th starting quarterback for Cleveland since 1999 when the team opens against Pittsburgh on Sept. 10.

On a conference call earlier in the day, Browns coach Hue Jackson said the team had not made any decision on Osweiler.

“We will think about that as we go,” Jackson said. “I just think when it is all said and done, you have to make sure you keep the best players that you feel that can help you win. Experience is important, but at the same time, I think talent level and where we are and what we are trying to accomplish is important, too.”

It appears the Browns will keep quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan behind Kizer.

Parkey lost his job to rookie Zane Gonzalez, a seventh-round draft pick from Arizona State. Gonazlez may have sealed Parkey’s fate when he connected on a 53-yard field goal in Thursday’s exhibition win at Chicago.

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