As NFL free agency continues to roll on, the Washington Redskins announced Wednesday that they are releasing linebacker Zach Brown–a seven-year veteran of the league who played at UNC from 2008-2011.

Brown was a second-round draft choice (52nd overall) by the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 NFL Draft, and has since spent time with the Titans, the Buffalo Bills and the Redskins.

The 29-year-old played in all 16 games for Washington last year and started 12 of them. By the end of last season, Brown had totaled 96 combined tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Pro Football Focus rated Brown as the No. 3 middle linebacker in the entire NFL for his work.

By releasing Brown, however, the Redskins clear $5.75 million in salary cap room to try and make other moves this offseason.


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