NFL Free Agency: Browns to Release G Eric Steinbach

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!”

 [Related: NFL Free Agency: Where’s all the Browns money?]

(Source: NFP)

  • MrCleaveland


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Now they can go and draft an OG but I’m glad for Steinbach if he’s healthy I hope he goes somewhere he can win.


  • MrCleaveland

    Let me know when the traffic clears on the 480 bridge.

  • erchoov

    Awesome.  Now we can draft a RB and a guard with our two first rounders.  That’s how good teams get better.  On second thought, maybe this is why we suck so bad.

  • Andrew

    You stay classy Steinbach!

  • EdgewaterJoe

    Sounds like a negotiating ploy that even Steinbach is in on. Let’s wait to see how this plays out …

  • mgbode

    he had a cap hit of $7.5mil.  he is coming off a back injury.  he is 31 yo.  we save $4.5mil on our cap by cutting him (due to bonus acceleration).   we have 2 young OGs who played terribly early on but played okay later in the season.

    anyone that didn’t see this coming was fooling themselves.

  • mgbode

    paging Fujita.  Heckert paging Fujita.  Will you please report to my office?

  • Let’s hope its a plot.  The one “solid” piece of our team would lose a serious player if he leaves.

  • Riki-Oh

    Steinbach was great, but we don’t know how badly off his injury from last year left him. On top of that, he isn’t getting any younger. Hopefully he will come back for a reasonable salary.

  • MrCleaveland

    . . . and bring your playbook.

  • BrownsFanSF

    I was honestly excited about him coming back and moving Pinkston back to his college position (and giving us a viable tackle for the future).

    The cap hit makes sense, we just need all the help on the line we can get.  Looks like it’s O-line in the draft

  • mgbode

    RT in the draft yes.   I was hoping we would do that rather than gamble that Pinkston could handle it.

  • porkchopexpress

    How can this be the one solid piece of our team if both Steinbach and Thomas have praised both the owner and coaching staff?  If said staff and owner are as inept as you insist and anyone who supports them is drinking koolaid/wearing blinders/additional generic metaphor for shortsighted foolishness, how can the members of this “solid” piece support them?  Shouldn’t Thomas have declined an extention?  Shouldn’t Steinbach have slammed the door on ever returning or lambasted them for being fools?

    When Manningham said he wouldn’t come to the Browns you couldn’t wait to trash the organization as the reason he wouldn’t come, so now you must logically praise the organization for Thomas/Steinbach’s desire to stay.

    To keep on our Shakespeare kick, and I hope this one passes your “high” standard of not being too common;
    For ’tis the sport to have the enginerHoist with his own petard, an’t shall
    go hardBut I will delve one yard below their minesAnd blow them at the
    Loosely, Hoist with your own petard means to be caught by your own trap.

    And in all honesty I learned it first watching an episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle when the narrator says it Boris.  I never would have given it a second thought in its original had a talking moose not taught it to me.

  • BrownsFanSF

    Probably for the best.  I hope Heckert is standing on the side of the stage with his Kalil notecard in case Minnesota goes over their time

  • Ritz

    With Hillis going to KC and the release of Steinbach, the Breowns are taking the opposite approach of the rest of the NFL – release and let go instead of sign.

    Why, why, why create even more holes to fill through the draft.

  • Greg

    So is this his way of telling us that he’s signing with the Chargers?

  •  How do you like Hillis leaving?

    Maybe Thomas is a fool.  Maybe Steinbach is, too. Maybe they are physically talented fools.  It can happen.

  • Craig

    I don’t get it… you typically free up cap space to sign players.

  • Lyon25

    That’s what I was thinking.  Why do we need to cut him for more cap space if we won’t use that cap space?

  • porkchopexpress

    So anyone who voices an opinion you agree with is smart, and anyone who doesn’t is a fool?  Tell me, what is life in the bubble like?

    Just to highlight your utter ineptness at making even barely competent arguments.  You actually cite the CIA dreaming, Liz Taylor of agent hiring, RBs as a defense of your position, while trashing the intellect of the two linemen with arguably the most intense jobs (apologies to Mack).

    I think it would be fascinating to stand in your minds eye and see what it thinks would happen if you even attempted to engage in meaningful debate, which would of course having to admit an occasional error in judgement.

  • mgbode

    i love steiny, but we’re not paying a 31yo guy coming off back surgery over $7mil.   we saved $4.5mil on the cap and if we can get him back for 1/2 that, then great.  if not, we have youngsters to take his place.

  • mgbode


    we are 1 of 5 AFC teams to have signed a player from a different team.

  • mgbode

    10/16 teams in the NFC did.

    so 15/32 teams have actually signed someone from another team so far.  Steiny can’t even perform football activities until april 15th.  he’s an injury guy and if he comes back healthy, hopefully we can get him at a reduced rate.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    They should have traded to move up ‘cuz they’ll need a QB who can run a 40 yard dash in under 5 seconds because he’ll be running for his life.

  • mgbode

    just realize that lerner is a fool, so anyone he hires must be a fool, therefore the entire organization is a littany of fools.

    and, since NFL teams rarely get sold as they make so much guaranteed money, we will continue to be a team of fools for eternity.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea and that 1 guy is named Frostee but hey maybe he’ll be a sleeper!

  • mgbode

    we were about league average in sacks and pressures last year.  w/o steiny for the whole year.  we’ll be fine (especially if we draft a RT)

  • mgbode