Cleveland Browns Search For Fountain of Youth, Cut Six Veteran Players

Brandon SommersCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2011

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a second quarter touchdown pass with Max Starks #78 and Maurkice Pouncey #53 behind Shaun Rogers #92 of the Cleveland Browns on October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Today, the Cleveland Browns new head coach Pat Shurmur made his first mark on the teams roster by cutting six veteran players.

The move was almost anti-climatic, as it's been widely reported that the Browns will be completely changing both offensive and defensive schemes and most of these players were brought in by former coach Eric Mangini to fit his schemes.

Robert Royal, John St. Clair, Shaun Rogers, Kenyon Coleman, David Bowens and Eric Barton were all shown the door this morning in a move that really shouldn't surprise anyone.

The one thing that all these players had in common was that they're all over the age of 30 and have been mostly unproductive players who have been eating space on the roster.

This is a clear move by the new coaching staff to get younger on both sides of the ball.

This will undoubtedly disappoint a certain insipid writer (who will remain nameless) who has been advocating that the Browns sign Brett Favre, as they would consider this "ageism."

Royal was an aging tight end who was a decent blocker, but couldn't catch an STD from a back alley hooker.

St. Clair was quite possibly the most despised player on the Browns roster. For some reason, Mangini insisted on playing him at right tackle, even though he couldn't block my 75 year old grandma.

Rogers was, at one time, a beast at defensive tackle, but injuries and attitudes had rendered him ineffective for the past two seasons.

Coleman did nothing in his time in Cleveland and is certainly a casualty of the switch to the 4-3 defense, which requires more athletic defensive ends.

Barton and Bowens both contributed as linebackers, but neither were really play-makers and both were well past their prime.

So what do these cuts mean for the Browns plans moving forward? Not much really.

None of these players have ever really played a significant role for the Browns, with the possible exception of Rogers.

Bowens and Barton both got significant playing time last season, but the Browns have been carrying way too many linebackers for several seasons now thanks to Mangini. It seemed like Mangini would've fielded a team of nothing but linebackers if he could have gotten away with it.

The only player of this group that needs replacing is Rogers, who has been nothing if not a huge disappointment in his time in Cleveland.

It now seems likely that the Browns will be looking to draft a defensive tackle, or sign one in free agency.

The only truth to be gleaned from this move is that the Browns will be making a concerted effort to get younger and to rid itself of players that are simply eating up space on the roster.

Maybe if Mangini had thought of doing this instead of bringing in "his guys," he might still have a job.