The Cleveland Browns announced they have released 10-year veteran safety Donte Whitner on Saturday after just two seasons with the team. Whitner still had two years left on his $28 million contract that he signed back in 2014. With the release, the Brown will take a salary cap hit of $4.5 million.
Executive vice president of football operations for the Browns, Sasha Brown, released this statement on the team’s website:
It is important for us to thank Donte for all of his contributions to the Cleveland Browns over the last two seasons. His passion for this city and dedication to his craft was contagious. These are difficult decisions to make but we felt it was the best decision for the Browns at this time. We wish him the best as he continues his career.
Whitner had a few words of his own via his twitter account on Saturday.
Thanks to the Cleveland browns organization for believing in me.. I gave everything! Literally! I wish you guys much success. 😢 I'll b back!
— DonteHitner39 (@DonteWhitner) April 3, 2016
Last season, Whitner finished with 81 tackles with 4 pass breakups and 1.5 sacks.