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Veteran safety Earl Little released by Browns

CLEVELAND (April 1, 2005) -- The Cleveland Browns released veteran safety Earl Little.

Little was claimed off waivers midway through the 1999 season. He started 52 games in six seasons and had 18 interceptions, including one last season when he recorded 81 tackles in 11 starts.

Cleveland's secondary will have a completely new look next season. Safety Robert Griffith was released last month and cornerback Anthony Henry signed with Dallas. Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon is the only holdover.

"We explored other options for Earl which unfortunately did not work out," general manager Phil Savage said in a statement. "We felt this was the best move to make for him as well as the Browns and we wish him the best of luck."

The 32-year-old Little was an outspoken player off the field and had several run-ins with former coach Butch Davis. He had a career-high 105 tackles in 2001 and a career-high six interceptions in 2003.

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