Cleveland Browns cut Chris Pressley

Jonathan Ferrey

The Browns released former Bengals starting fullback Chris Pressley.

On Monday, The Cleveland Browns released fullback Chris Pressley just one month after signing him as a free agent.

Pressley missed all of last season with the Cincinnati Bengals because of a knee injury, but the 5-foot-10, 249-pounder had been expected to fill a need on Cleveland's roster.

After a knee injury ended his 2012 season with three weeks left in the regular season, Pressley opened the 2013 season on the PUP. Once he came of the list and was able to practice, the Bengals opted to release him and go with Orson Charles and Alex Smith as fullback/tight ends.

Smith is now a free agent, and after an offseason arrest and failure to make the transition to FB, Charles might not be long for the roster either.

The Bengals did sign a pair of undrafted FBs in Nikita Whitlock and Ryan Hewitt. If healthy, Pressley is better than any of these guys in terms of being a true power-blocking FB. He would help boost the running game that figures to be more prevalent under new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

The Browns also released receivers Josh Cooper and Tori Gurley after they signed veteran free agents Miles Austin and Earl Bennett last week.

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