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Gocong released by Browns

BEREA, Ohio — The Browns’ restyled defense won’t include linebacker Chris Gocong or safety Usama Young.

The two veterans were released on Tuesday by Cleveland, which is transitioning from a 4-3 front to a 3-4 scheme under new coach Rob Chudzinski and coordinator Ray Horton. Defensive end Frostee Rucker was cut Feb. 5, the first move of the Browns’ defensive makeover.

Also, the club signed kicker Brandon Bogotay, and wide receiver Jordan Norwood and long snapper Christian Yount signed their tenders as exclusive rights players.

Gocong was expected to bolster the linebackers when he was acquired in 2010 from Philadelphia, and he did start 32 games.

But the 29-year-old missed last season after tearing his right Achilles tendon in training camp. The Browns signed Gocong to a three-year, $16.8 million contract extension in 2011. He was due to make $4.55 million next season.

Gocong had 141 tackles with 5½ sacks and three fumble recoveries in two seasons with Cleveland.

Young, 27, was signed as a free agent in 2011 following four seasons with New Orleans. In two seasons with the Browns he made 19 starts, recorded 118 tackles and four interceptions.

With Young no longer on the roster, free safety appears to be a major need as the Browns approach this month’s NFL draft.