According to published reports, the Browns have released veteran offensive lineman Marcus Spears. The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the Browns brought Spears into camp this summer to provide a veteran presence among the team's youthful group of backup offensive linemen.
BerniesInsiders.com reported last week that Spears was focusing on a single position in camp, which might have been an indicator that the team wanted to verify that his blocking skills hadn't deteriorated without the complicating factor of moving between positions. Earlier today, we reported that Spears was now fighting with Enoch DeMar for a back-up spot. DeMar now has apparently won that battle. The move also leaves Greg Randall and Kirk Chambers as the apparent back-ups at right and left tackle, respectively.
Spears came to the Browns in June from the Houston Texans, who waived the eleven-year veteran, and was intended to give the team a versatile back-up who could fill in at either guard or tackle. During radio interviews last week, Spears talked about his body being in pain from his long career in the NFL.
Spears was originally a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 1994, and played with Kansas City before moving on to the Texans. BerniesInsiders.com reported exclusively in March that the Browns had worked out Spears and were considering bringing him in as a free agent.
No official word has yet been received from the Browns organization. Bernie's Insiders will have more on this story over the next 24 hours.