The Cleveland Browns released defensive backs Donte Whitner and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu on Saturday, the club announced.
Whitner, a strong safety, played two seasons with the Browns and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2014. Ekpre-Olomu, a cornerback, was released with a non-football injury designation after never playing for the team due to a knee injury suffered in college.
Whitner, 30, is a Cleveland native who had 81 tackles last season. He expressed disappointed with the timing of the move on his Twitter account.
"I just wish they had common courtesy and would've done it weeks ago when free agency was going on... #25thHour... But I'll bounce back!" Whitner wrote.
Whitner was due to be paid $6.2 million this season and $6.3 million in 2017.
Whitner has played 10 NFL seasons - including five with the Buffalo Bills and three with the San Francisco 49ers - and has played in 146 career games (143 starts). He has 11 career interceptions and 10 forced fumbles.
Ekpre-Olomu was a seventh round draft pick of the Browns in 2015. He missed his entire rookie season due to a serious knee injury he sustained during the 2014 college season for Oregon.
Ekpre-Olomu was projected to be a first-round pick prior to the injury.