Cleveland Browns: Predicting 2011 Roster Members Who Won't Return in 2012

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Cleveland Browns: Predicting 2011 Roster Members Who Won't Return in 2012
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With a disappointing 4-12 2011 season in the books and expectations of significant improvement running high for 2012, the Cleveland Browns have a lot of roster decisions to make this offseason. 

Many of these revolve around who Cleveland wants to see wearing the orange and brown again next season—whether they relate to potential free agent targets, possible draft picks or players on the 2011 roster who the team would like to keep around. 

Some of them relate to those players who were with the Browns in 2011 but might not be around at the start of 2012. Whether they're cut, traded or they walk in free agency, the Browns have a number of players from the 2011 payroll who either aren't earning their keep or who just don't make sense for the team's strategy going forward. 

Some you'll miss dearly, some you'll be thrilled to see go and some you won't care one way or the other, but either way, look for the Browns to roll out their first round of cuts fairly early in the offseason.

As for the free agents, we'll probably have a pretty good idea who wants to stay and who the Browns want to keep fairly early on in the process. 

Following are five players who may be wearing a different uniform when the 2012 season begins. There are far more candidates for departure than this, but these five are among the most newsworthy of those who seem likely to (or who we at least hope will) part ways with the Browns. 

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