Hank Fraley was happy to fill in anywhere the Cleveland Browns needed him. Center, guard, even tight end. He went wherever.
Yesterday, he was told the Browns no longer had a spot for him.
A 10-year veteran, the versatile Fraley, who bailed the Browns out when LeCharles Bentley was injured in 2006, was released by Cleveland 2 weeks before he was due a roster bonus. The move was made in preparation for free agency, where the Browns have been among the NFL's most active teams in recent years.
Fraley said he was "shocked" by the news.
"I just wish they would have told me a few weeks ago," Fraley said. "But I guess I was no longer part of their plans. That's this business."
Fraley, who played for the Eagles from 2000 to '05, made 52 starts in 63 games for the Browns. Cleveland acquired him in a trade from Philadelphia before the 2006 season after Bentley sustained a career-ending knee injury.
At 32, Fraley said he has a few good seasons left and is hoping to sign with another team.
"I definitely want to keep playing for 2 or 3 more years," he said. "My body feels great and I feel fresh mentally. I'm not ready to walk away from the game."
* Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning had surgery in Chicago to fix a pinched nerve, a procedure that is not expected to interrupt his offseason workouts or his availability for next season.
* A person familiar with the decision says Washington put a first-round tender on restricted free agent quarterback Jason Campbell. The tender is worth about $3.1 million, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move hasn't been announced by the team. The move means other teams would have to give up a first-round pick to sign Campbell.
In other news, Redskins six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels is expected to announce his retirement today.
* Denver slapped a first- and third-round tender on Pro Bowl pass rusher Elvis Dumervil, who led the league in sacks last season. Other teams would have to surrender those two levels of picks in the upcoming draft if they signed Dumervil. Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall and quarterback Kyle Orton received first-round tender offers.
* Carolina placed first- and third-round tender offers on upstart quarterback Matt Moore and starting outside linebacker Thomas Davis.
* Miami placed a first-round tender on running back Ronnie Brown, according to a report on ESPN.com that cited NFL sources.
* Kansas City released wide receiver Devard Darling and running back Dantrell Savage.