Thank you @Browns and the fans for everything over the years, itís been a crazy ride! Not always fun, but made lasting relationships I will carry with me. With every ending is a new beginning #dawgpond #browns #clevelandbrowns
ó Tank Carder (@tankcarder) June 5, 2018
The Browns released Tank Carder on Tuesday morning to make room on their roster for fellow veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
Kendricks passed his physical and signed a one-year contract with the Browns on Monday afternoon. The team announced Tuesday morning it terminated Carder's contract and signed Kendricks.
Carder had been with the Browns since 2012, when they claimed him off waivers from the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 1. The Bills drafted him in the fifth round out of TCU. He was the second-longest tenured member of the Browns, behind only wide receiver Josh Gordon, a supplemental draft pick in the summer of 2012.
Carder, 29, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Aug. 21 during a preseason game against the New York Giants. As a result, he missed the entire 2017 season. For the first time in his career, Carder had been in position to become a full-time starter until the injury occurred and Joe Schobert took control at middle linebacker. Schobert played in the Pro Bowl this past January after being voted a first alternate.
Although Carder started just two of the 78 regular-season games in which he played for the Browns, he became a special teams ace. His teammates voted him their special teams captain in 2016. He compiled 20 tackles on defense and 38 on special teams.