The Cleveland Browns will reportedly release veteran offensive lineman Eric Steinbach after failing to agree to terms regarding a salary reduction for the 2012 season.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post reports that the team has decided to part ways with the 31-year-old guard, a move that will subsequently make the player a free agent.
Steinbach spent the first four seasons of his career in Cincinnati before signing a seven-year, $49.5 million contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2007. Prior to missing all of the 2011 season with a back injury, Steinbach had started in 62 of 64 possible games, being charged with a mere 12.5 sacks.
A note from Steinbach:
“It has been a good ride in Cleveland and I hope it can continue. I’m proud to say that the offensive line has been a bright spot through the past few seasons. It has been a privilege to play for the city of Cleveland and it’s rich tradition. Mr. Lerner has always treated me with respect and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work for him and his organization. I will continue to work with the Browns through my agent in hopes of striking a deal that is practical and fair for both sides. In the mean time, I will explore other opportunities. If I do move on, I want to thank the people and fans of Cleveland who have treated my family and I with great support and hospitality. If my time here comes to an end, I want the people of this great city to remember one thing; “You stay classy Cleveland!”