One day after reserve quarterback Mark Rypien was ignored in the NFL expansion draft, the Cleveland Browns didn’t exercise his $5 million option. However, Cleveland said it would attempt to renegotiate the former Washington State star’s contract.
In another move, the Browns released All-Pro defensive tackle Michael Dean Perry, also passed over in the draft.
The move came as no surprise, even though the 290-pound Perry has been a force in the Browns defense ever since he was the team’s second-round draft choice out of Clemson in 1988.
The team had to release Perry to bring the payroll under the NFL’s $36.5 million salary cap.
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