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Why did Cleveland Browns release Sheldon Richardson?

BEREA, OHIO - AUGUST 16: Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson #98 of the Cleveland Browns works out during training camp at the Browns' training facility on August 16, 2020 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns made a surprising move on Friday to release Sheldon Richardson, but what was the real reason behind the move?

After the Cleveland Browns signed Jadeveon Clowney, there were indications that Sheldon Richardson could be asked to re-work his contract with the team. But a revised deal was never announced as we instead found out on Friday that the team released the veteran defensive tackle.