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Tuesday, February 18, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Rypien Released

By Compiled From Wire Services

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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