June 9, 2005
BROWNS RELEASE OL ROSS VERBA
The Cleveland Browns terminated the contract of OL Ross Verba, the club announced today.
“We felt this decision was in the best interest of both
the Browns and Ross,” Browns Senior Vice President and General Manager Phil
Savage said. “With the return of Ryan Tucker, Jeff Faine and Melvin Fowler,
and the addition of free agents Joe Andruzzi, Cosey Coleman, L.J. Shelton and
Marcus Spears, we’re excited and confident in our offensive line.”
Verba, 31, played four seasons (2001-04) in Cleveland and
started 47 regular season games and one playoff contest for the Browns. He
missed the entire 2003 season after suffering a right bicep tendon injury in
the final preseason game vs. Atlanta (Aug. 28, 2003).
Originally selected by Green Bay in the first round (30th
overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft, Verba has played eight NFL seasons with the
Packers (1997-2000) and Browns (2001-04).
He was signed by Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent
on March 23, 2001.