On March 11, 2009 the Cleveland Browns released Joe Jurevicius.
Jurevicius is not a flashy player, and really never was. He is old. He did have a staph infection and will never be a No. 1 WR.
So why the fuss? Well, he provides an essential and valuable form of veteran leadership. He is a hard worker, and that is more infectious than his staph infection.
He was dedicated to the Cleveland Browns—how many other players on the roster can honestly say that?
He wasn't just a behind the scenes guy either. His hands are about as dependable as they get. He is a very big, physical presence and concentrates well.Braylon could use the coaching.
The fans like him, coaches like him (evidently not Mangini), and players like him.
Getting rid of players like Kellen Winslow Jr. is questionable. But OK, make your statement, fine. Six will argue for it and a half dozen will argue against it.
But getting rid of JJ? Maybe fans missed something, maybe the guy wanted eight million or something in the restructuring that was going on. But it seems the upper management dropped the ball (something JJ rarely does) on this one.
Mankok is making some brash moves. The only thing that can safely be said, is these boys better win some damn football games. People will be driving them out of the city in no time flat if they don't.
On a personal note—JJ you were one of my favorite players and I am really going to miss seeing you play. I hope your life endeavors treat you well, and please know you have a couple of fans still here in Cleveland.