The Browns continued their busy offseason today by cutting linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young and signing kicker Brandon Bogotay, the team announced.
Gocong and Young, both of whom were acquired by the organization’s previous regime, are trying to rebound from injuries. Bogotay is the first kicker the Browns have acquired since Pro Bowler Phil Dawson signed with the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago.
Gocong, 29, suffered a torn Achilles tendon during training camp this past summer and missed the entire 2012 season. Gocong started all 32 games for the Browns at outside linebacker in 2010 and 2011.
The Browns awarded Gocong with a three-year, $16.8 million contract in September 2011. He was set to make a base salary of $4.45 million during the 2013 season.
On April 6, 2010, the Browns traded linebacker Alex Hall and fourth- and fifth-round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Gocong and cornerback Sheldon Brown, who’s now a free agent. Gocong tallied 141 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks, six passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles in two seasons with the Browns.
Young, like Gocong, ended this past season on injured reserve. The Browns announced he would likely need thumb surgery after suffering the injury in Week 16. Young, who primarily served as a free safety, started 19 of the 29 games in which he appeared for the Browns during the past two seasons.
The Browns signed Young, 27, as an unrestricted free agent on July 30, 2011, but he never locked down a full-time job as the starting free safety the way the organization had hoped. The Browns rotated players at free safety in each of the past two years, and Young was scheduled to make a base salary of $2.15 million next season.
In two seasons with the Browns, Young compiled 118 tackles, four interceptions, 1 1/2 sacks, eight passes defensed and a fumble recovery. Young is a former Kent State University standout who played for the New Orleans Saints before joining the Browns.
Bogotay, 23, did not play in the NFL last season. He was a three-year letterman as a kicker at the University of Georgia (2009-11), serving as a backup to Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who was voted to the NFC's Pro Bowl team as a rookie in 2012.
Bogotay handled kickoff duties at Georgia, and eight of his 29 career kickoffs were touchbacks. He also made all seven of his career extra-point kicks. As a senior, he made one of two field-goal attempts, missing one from 52 yards.