The signing of unrestricted free agent Benjamin Watson prompted the Browns to release Steve Heiden later Friday.
Heiden, an 11-year veteran, finished last season on injured reserve after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in December, 2008. Heiden blew out his knee in a Dec. 15 game at Philadelphia, but rushed to have it repaired so he could be ready for training camp in 2009. Heiden played in seven games and caught 10 passes for 73 yards and a TD last season.
The second-longest tenured Brown behind kicker Phil Dawson, Heiden had started 70 games since arriving from San Diego in 2002.
In his career, Heiden has totalled 201 receptions for 1,684 yards and 14 touchdowns, with 187 catches, 1,597 yards and 12 scores coming with the Browns.
Meanwhile, restricted free agent linebacker Jason Trusnik, a Nordonia High School product, signed his second-round tender. The tender for a three-year veteran carries a salary of $1.684 million in 2010.
Trusnik is the first of the Browns' tendered restricted free agents to sign. The group also includes linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, fullback Lawrence Vickers, linebacker Matt Roth, safety Abram Elam and running back Jerome Harrison. All received second-round tenders, although their one-year salary level varies depending on years of service.