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Browns release Fraley

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 3, 2010

The Browns terminated the contract of 10-year veteran center Hank Fraley Wednesday, the team announced.

Fraley had one year remaining on a contract that would have paid him $1.6 million in 2010.

Fraley spent the past four years in Cleveland, arriving in a trade with Philadelphia on Sept. 2, 2006. Fraley stablized the Browns after free agent center LeCharles Bentley suffered a career-ending injury on the first day of training camp that July.

The move leaves the Browns with no backup for starting center Alex Mack, the 21st overall pick in 2009. Fraley also started three games at right guard last season and one as a tackle-eligible.

Fraley also served as a co-captain in 2008 and was the team's player representative.

With the Browns, Fraley started 52 of his 63 games played, giving him 123 starts in 135 games for his career.

Fraley savored his final game in Cleveland Jan. 3 against Jacksonville. The next day, he said he was concerned about his future.

''You just never know,'' he said. ''Every season everybody gets evaluated, especially with Mr. (president Mike) Holmgren coming in, from coaches down to players. Just wait and see.

''Next year will be year 11, it's flown by. I have one year left on my deal, but you never know with football contracts, you never know where you're going to be the next year. The team normally turns around 20, 25 percent. I was just relishing the moment, enjoying being a Brown and the way we finished the season.''

Asked if it would be hard not to play, Fraley said, ''To hang it up? I hope I'm not hanging it up yet. I feel good, my body has held up great. I definitely want to be back here next year as a Brown. If it doesn't work out, hopefully there's 31 other teams watching that film and know what I can bring to the table.

''I'm not ready to give up or get into coaching. I'm just enjoying the moment. I going to go home and hang out with the kids and go to hockey games.''

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