BROWNS: Gary Barnidge tweets 'I think it's time for the next step'

CLEVELAND - Browns tight end Gary Barnidge announced his departure from the team via Twitter on Friday.

"I want to thank the Cleveland Browns for giving me my opportunity and looking forward to seeing the change. Time for the next step."

He tweeted less than 24 hours after the Browns selected David Njoku, also a tight end, as the 29th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The Cleveland Browns released the following statement Friday regarding terminating Barnidge's contract.

"We’d like to thank Gary for all he has done for the Browns and the Cleveland community in his four seasons with our organization,” said Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown. “He has been a fine representative of our team, and we wish him the best going forward.”

Barnidge was elected by Carolina Panthers in fifth round (141st overall) of 2008 NFL Draft. He was signed by Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent on March 15, 2013.

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