Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

Browns release veteran DT Richardson

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Veteran tackle Sheldon Richardson’s contract was terminated by the Cleveland Browns on Friday, a headscratc­hing move that creates more salary-cap space but also a hole in the middle of Cleveland’s defensive line.

Days after adding free agent end Jadeveon

Clowney, the Browns parted with Richardson, who started 16 games last season and played well for the team since signing a three-year, $37 million contract with Cleveland in 2019.

The Browns will save around $12 million in cash and salary cap space with Richardson off the roster. Cleveland had roughly $10.3 million left under the cap after signing Clowney to an incentive-laden, oneyear deal this week.

Primarily a run stopper, the 6-foot-3, 294-pound Richardson finished with 64 tackles and 4½ sacks last year as the Browns earned a wild-card berth.

♦ The Pittsburgh Steelers have become the 10th group of NFL players to say they won’t be attending in-person voluntary offseason workouts. With a post through the NFL Players Associatio­n, the Steelers joined the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, Broncos, Seahawks, Giants, Bears, Raiders, Lions, Browns, and Patriots in declaring their intent to skip the sessions that can begin on Monday.

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