On a busy day for transactions in Cleveland sports, the Cleveland Browns said good bye to another veteran member of the defense. Desmond Bryant has been released.

The move did not come as a surprise to the defensive tackle. With the addition of number one overall pick Myles Garrett, Bryant’s days in Cleveland were numbered. After seeing very little time in the second half of Monday’s 10-6 victory over the New York Giants, Bryant’s release was expected to come sooner than later.

“We’d like to thank Des for all his contributions to the Cleveland Browns in his time with our organization,” Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown said in a release by the team. “He proved to be a leader and tone setter along our defensive front and we wish him well.”

Bryant has not appeared in a regular season game since the 2015 season. He missed all of the 2016 season with a torn pectoral muscle. Bryant appeared in 41 games in a Browns uniform. He joined the Browns via free agency in 2013. Bryant began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He came to Cleveland after playing for the Oakland Raiders.

The eight year veteran has recorded 251 career tackles, 26 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The move continues the Browns philosophy of building the roster with younger players. Bryant was one of five players on the Browns roster over the age of 30 before his release.

Cleveland replaced Bryant with defensive lineman Brandon Thompson. The six year veteran was originally drafted by the Bengals in 2012. Thompson has appeared in 39 games and logged 53 tackles and three sacks. He has spent his entire NFL career in Cincinnati. Thompson missed the 2016 season.

Scott Piker is the lead staff writer for the Cleveland Browns in addition to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Endzone Score. So follow him on Twitter @ScottPikerSport.

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Scott Piker
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Scott Piker has spent nearly two decades in the Cleveland media covering news and sports with experience in radio, television, print and digital media. He has covered everything from high school, college, Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, Buckeyes and local colleges. Scott spent five years as the sports producer at WEWS NewsChannel 5, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland and also has his sports work featured on examiner.com, neosportsinsiders.com and about.com. Scott has also received an Emmy award in television news. Scott also works as a photographer and editor for WJW Fox-8 in Cleveland. Scott was born and raised and still resides in his hometown of Madison, Ohio.

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