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Browns release Jamal Lewis

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 17, 2010

The Browns terminated the contract of running back Jamal Lewis, the team announced Wednesday.

Lewis, 30 and a 10-year veteran, announced after the Nov. 1 game at Chicago that he was playing his final season, even though he had a year remaining on his contract. Lewis was placed on injured reserve Dec. 2 with post-concussion symptoms that he said stemmed from a hit during the 2009 opener against Minnesota.

Speaking after the Browns' final game Jan. 3, Lewis seemed to be wavering on his retirement decision.

''After I get everything straight up top I can make a solid decision on that,'' he said, referring to the headaches and blurred vision he'd been experiencing.

Lewis rushed for 500 yards last season (averaging 3.5 yards per carry). He did not score an offensive touchdown. For his career, he's rushed for 10,607 yards (4.2 average) and 58 touchdowns and caught 221 passes for 1,879 yards and four scores.

''I enjoyed getting to know Jamal and having the opportunity to coach him last season,'' Browns head coach Eric Mangini said in a statement. ''We want to thank him for his contributions to the Cleveland Browns and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. I’m sure he will be successful in whatever he decides to pursue.''

Former general manager Phil Savage lured Lewis to Cleveland from Baltimore in March, 2007. He rushed for 1,000 yards in seven of his nine active NFL seasons and won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in his rookie season in 2000. In 2003, Lewis led the league with 2,066 yards, including a 295-yard day against the Browns.

Asked in January about his time as a Brown, Lewis said, ''We had some good days and bad days ... the young guys I was able to help out and pass on some of my knowledge from some older guys I was around when I came into this league. Some guys I was around weren't that great, but there were some guys who fought hard and gave maximum effort (regardless) of the circumstances.''


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