Browns Not Trading LB Matt Roth

Unable to reach a long-term contract this off-season, Cleveland Browns restricted free agent linebacker Matt Roth officially asked the franchise trade him today.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that Browns general manager Tom Heckert characterized Roth's trade request as not a big deal, saying "first of all, it's not going to happen".

A former second-round pick out of Iowa by the Dolphins in 2006, Roth (6-4, 272) has 185 tackles, including 16.5 quarterback sacks in 71 career games.

Claimed off waivers by the Browns' previous front office regime, Roth totaled 28 tackles and 4 quarterback sacks in six starts late last season. Roth is penciled in as one of the team's starting outside linebackers in 2010.

As mentioned earlier today, the Browns protected themselves against a restricted free agent revolt by signing Scott Fujita in free agency and acquiring restricted free agent Chris Gocong from the Philadelphia Eagles. The Browns also have a promising young edge pass-rusher in Marcus Benard, who posted 3.5 quarterback sacks in six games in 2009.

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