In what came as little surprise today the Cleveland Browns released veteran DL Orpheus Roye. At age 35 Roye is a 12 year veteran of the league, spending the last 8 with Cleveland. He has 128 career starts and 174 total games. Since his arrival in Cleveland Roye has played three different positions on defense. He also has battled knee problems the past two seasons.
GM Phil Savage had nothing but praise for the big fella,”Orpheus has been a mainstay for the Browns since 2000 with his reliable play and overall dependability”. Savage went on to add how this is a tough time of the year,”A professional in every sense of the word — these are the kinds of decisions that make this a difficult time of year.”
The Browns who helped themselves in free agency last year by getting Robaire Smith and Shaun Smith and also in the draft by selecting Chase Pittman and Mel Purcell. The Browns will more than likely address the D-line when free agency starts this Friday at midnight.
Roye had his best season with the Browns in 2005, when he made a career-high 95 tackles. Originally a sixth-round draft choice by Pittsburgh in 1996, Roye played in 113 games for the Browns, including 101 starts, and totaled 486 tackles, including 295 solo tackles, and 9.5 sacks for 40.5 yards.