NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did the Browns a huge favor by suspending WR Donte Stallworth without pay for the 2009 season.
It relieves the Browns of a combustible public relations issue and even costlier consequences to their team salary cap.
They won't release Stallworth because that symbolic move would cost them about $7.6 million on their salary cap. That figure is derived from details of the seven-year, $35 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2008.
As a result of Goodell's suspension, the Browns will receive cap relief of $745,000, which is Stallworth's base salary.