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Originally published Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 9:00 PM

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Browns release Jamal Lewis

Jamal Lewis was released by the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday but hasn't given up hope of playing again in the NFL. Lewis was let go with...

BEREA, Ohio — Jamal Lewis was released by the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday but hasn't given up hope of playing again in the NFL.

Lewis was let go with one year remaining on his contract. His season ended Dec. 2 when he was placed on injured reserve with post-concussion symptoms, but he doesn't want his career to end with an injury.

First, he must be cleared to return.

"If Jamal wants to play and he's cleared to play, I think he's got a lot of football he can bring to the table to help an organization," said his agent, Mitch Frankel. "He can be a significant contributor to the right organization. Jerome Bettis and some other guys at the end of their careers took on a different role, and I think Jamal can do that."

Lewis, 30, said after the Browns' season finale that he was still suffering from headaches and blurred vision as a result of the concussion, which he suffered in the opener against Minnesota. Frankel said he wasn't sure if Lewis was still having the problems.

Lewis carried 143 times last year for 500 yards and has rushed for 10,067 yards in his career.

Lewis' release leaves Jerome Harrison as Cleveland's apparent starter. The former Washington State player rushed for 862 yards last season, but ended with a flurry. He rushed for 561 yards and five touchdowns over the final three games — all wins — as Cleveland closed the season by winning its final four.

Ravens sign Stallworth

BALTIMORE — Desperate for a playmaking receiver, the Ravens granted disgraced former first-round draft choice Donte' Stallworth a second chance.

The ball is now officially in his court. Will the 29-year-old Stallworth finally fulfill the promise he held as the 13th pick in the 2002 draft? Or will his last chance continue the decline of an injury-strapped seven-year career?

The NFL suspended Stallworth for the 2009 season after he pleaded guilty last June to manslaughter while driving drunk in Miami Beach, a second-degree felony in Florida. He struck and killed a 59-year-old construction worker March 14, one day after he cashed a $4.5 million bonus from the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens signed Stallworth to a one-year contract reportedly worth $900,000 with $300,000 in incentives after a Tuesday workout.


The Ravens did not make Stallworth available to the media.

"We want Donte' to spend some time with our coaches and his new teammates before he meets with the media," general manager Ozzie Newsome said.


• The Carolina Panthers signed Ed Johnson to a one-year deal, adding a run-stopping defensive tackle while taking a chance on a player with a checkered past.

Dez Bryant believes the NCAA was "unfair" in its handling of his rules-violation case at Oklahoma State and judged him based on the belief that Deion Sanders had been serving as a runner for an agent instead of lying to an investigator. Bryant said Sanders did not introduce him to agent Eugene Parker during an offseason meeting in Texas that eventually led him to be suspended for the final nine games of the season and the Cotton Bowl. Bryant, a top-rated wide receiver, left school early and entered the NFL draft.

• The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with veteran guard Eugene Amano on a multiyear contract. Punter Craig Hentrich announced his retirement after 17 NFL seasons.

• New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said surgery to repair the patella ligament in his left knee went "exceptionally well." Sanchez, who led New York to the AFC title game as a rookie, tweeted after the procedure that Jets team doctors said it was a success.

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