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Trusnik signs tender, Heiden released

Matt Florjancic, Contributor to


Browns linebacker Jason Trusnik has signed his contract tender, the team announced Friday night. The team also released veteran tight end Steve Heiden.

Trusnik, along with wide receiver Chansi Stuckey, was acquired by the Browns in a trade with the Jets during week five of the 2009 regular season. He became an instant contributor on the special teams unit, blocking for three Joshua Cribbs kickoff return touchdowns over the final 13 weeks of the season.

Trusnik, an Ohio native and graduate of Nordonia High School in nearby Macedonia, started 10 of 12 games with the Browns and registered 54 total tackles. He had 43 solo stops and 2.5 quarterback sacks. Trusnik's first career sack came against the Steelers in Heinz Field on October 18, 2009.

Heiden played in 7 games for the Browns in 2009 before being placed on injured reserve on November 18th.

Heiden spent eight seasons with the Browns organization and started 83 of the 148 games in which he played. Over that time, Heiden caught 201 passes for 1,684 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He had a career long 62-yard touchdown at Green Bay on September 18, 2005 and caught a career-high 5 touchdowns during the 2004 season.