People are wondering what the Cleveland Browns are up to with the release of Offensive lineman Eric Steinbach. What the fans don’t realize is Steinbach asked the Browns for his release. The Browns are not the big bad organization the people are thinking they are right now. Steinbach his agent and the Cleveland Browns have been in talks since February trying to come up with a resolution to the situation concerning Steinbach’s salary. The Browns were due to pay Steinbach 6 million dollars this year. Steinbach could have taken a salary reduction and chances are the Browns would have not released him.
Steinbach and his agent, Jack Bechta, who’s also a contributor for National Football Post, released the following joint statement to the website:
“Eric Steinbach could part ways with the Cleveland Browns. Asked to take a significant salary reduction in late February, the two sides have not been able to reach an agreement on a new deal, so Steinbach has asked for his release. However, the two sides will keep talking while Steinbach will simultaneously explore the free agent market.”
“It has been a good ride in Cleveland and I hope it can continue. I’m proud to say that the offensive line has been a bright spot through the past few seasons. It has been a privilege to play for the city of Cleveland and it’s rich tradition. Mr. Lerner has always treated me with respect and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work for him and his organization. I will continue to work with the Browns through my agent in hopes of striking a deal that is practical and fair for both sides. In the mean time, I will explore other opportunities. If I do move on, I want to thank the people and fans of Cleveland who have treated my family and I with great support and hospitality. If my time here comes to an end, I want the people of this great city to remember one thing; “You stay classy Cleveland!”
The Above statement is courtesy of The Akron Beacon Journal on-line. You can read their article by clicking here….
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