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Gocong, Young are waived
April 2, 2013 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Chris Gocong's string of bad luck continued Tuesday when the Browns waived the 29-year-old linebacker.
Gocong entered training camp last summer coming off perhaps the best season of his career. He was penciled in to start on the outside until he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon early in camp.
With a new regime in place led by general manager Mike Lombardi, it was obvious that Gocong didn't fit in with the plan to switch to a 3-4 base defense. The Browns signed linebackers Paul Kruger and Quintin Groves to fit with inside man D'Qwell Jackson. Jabaal Sheard is making the move from end to outside linebacker, and Craig Robertson will return after a decent 2012 season.
The Browns also announced the release of safety Usama Young, who was acquired as a free agent prior to the 2011 season. Young was a disappointment. He missed two games last season and eight the previous season with injuries. He wasn't effective when he did play and certainly doesn't fit the role defensive coordinator Ray Horton has envisioned for a free safety.
A step was taken to replace kicker Phil Dawson, who signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago. The team announced the signing of kicker Brandon Bogotay, who was a three-year letterman at the University of Georgia.
Bogotay appeared in 14 games at Georgia as a backup to current Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who was voted to the NFC Pro Bowl roster last season. Bogotay handled kickoffs in college. Eight of his 29 career kickoffs went for touchbacks. He converted all seven of his career extra-point attempts and made made 1-of-2 field goal attempts as a senior, missing from 52 yards out.
Before attending the University of Georgia, Bogotay spent one season at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California, where he was named a First-Team All-Southern Conference selection after converting 15-of-23 field goals with a long of 52 yards. Born May 8, 1989, the 6-3, 207-pound Bogotay attended Patrick Henry High School in his hometown of San Diego, California.
Gocong was acquired in a 2010 trade with Philadelphia. Since that time he started 32 games and totaled 141 tackles with 5.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He spent all of last season on injured reserve with a ruptured right Achilles sustained in training camp.
Young was signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2011. In his two seasons with the team he played in 29 games with 19 starts and posted 118 tackles, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
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