This is a bit of a surprise, considering that McCourty had a pretty good year for the Browns.
It’s worth mentioning that signing him to a contract won’t impact a team’s 2019 compensatory picks, given that he is being released.
McCourty, 30, is a former sixth-round pick of the Titans back in 2009. He has spent eight years of his career with Tennessee and was in the final year of his six-year, $44.26 million contract when the Titans elected to release him last year.
The Browns quickly signed McCourty to a two-year, $6 million contract that included $2 million guaranteed. He was set to make a base salary of $625,000 for the 2018 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing McCourty will free up $2,968,750 of available cap space while creating $625,000 in dead money.
In 2017, McCourty appeared in 14 games for the Browns and recorded 65 tackles, three interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown, forced fumbles and 14 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 27 cornerback out of 120 qualifying players.