Browns say goodbye to Jamal Lewis

By Marla Ridenour

Akron Beacon Journal

(MCT)

Running back Jamal Lewis gained 1,000 yards in seven of his nine active NFL seasons. If he's considering trying to make it eight, Lewis will have to do it elsewhere.

The Browns terminated the contract of Lewis on Wednesday, the team announced.

Lewis, 30 and a 10-year veteran, said after the Nov. 1 game at Chicago that he was playing his final season even though he had a year remaining on his contract. Lewis was placed on injured reserve Dec. 2 with post-concussion symptoms that he said stemmed from a hit during the Sept. 13 opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

After the Browns' final game, Lewis sounded like he wasn't sure he was finished, though.

"What I'm hearing from doctors and specialists, it's something you have to work through and make a decision when I feel better," Lewis said Jan. 3, referring to the headaches and blurred vision he experienced. "Do I feel like taking more hits or getting banged around?"

Lewis rushed for 500 yards in 2009. He averaged 3.5 yards per carry, but did not score an offensive touchdown. That boosted his career totals to 10,607 yards (4.2 average) and 58 touchdowns, with 221 receptions for 1,879 yards and four scores.

"I enjoyed getting to know Jamal and having the opportunity to coach him," Browns coach Eric Mangini said in a statement. "We want to thank him for his contributions to the Cleveland Browns and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. I'm sure he will be successful in whatever he decides to pursue."

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