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Cleveland Browns release veteran linebacker Christian Kirksey after 6 seasons

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 10:13:31-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have released veteran linebacker Christian Kirksey after six seasons in Cleveland.

A former third-round pick out of Iowa, Kirksey was one of the team’s longest-tenured players. Throughout his career with the Browns, he appeared in 73 games with 54 starts, serving as a team captain from 2017-19.

The Browns tried renegotiating Kirksey's contract, but could not come to an agreement, according to ESPN's Jake Trotter.

In a tweet, Kirksey thanked the city of Cleveland and his teammates.

On and off the field, Kirksey was a source of energy and enthusiasm. During his first four seasons with the team, he never missed a game. In 2018, he was hampered by a hamstring injury that limited him to seven games. A chest injury followed in 2019 that ended his season after Week 2.

"Christian Kirksey has been a vital member of our organization for the last six seasons because of his contributions on and off the field," said Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry. "He has been a strong leader both in our locker room and in the Cleveland community. These are difficult decisions and, in Christian's case, more challenging because of how well he has represented our team. We thank him for his dedication and wish him nothing but the best in the next phase of his career."

During his six seasons, Kirksey amassed 484 tackles, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Outside the locker room, Kirksey was active in the Cleveland community. He participated in numerous school visits, youth football camps, hospital visits and supporting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

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