A 2016 fourth-round pick by the previous Cleveland administration, Kindred was slated to make $2.025 million in base salary on the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. Cutting the safety saves the Browns the entire base on the salary cap.
Kindred started 17 games over three seasons in Cleveland, including two in 2018. Playing a rotational role last season, Kindred still saw 474 defensive snaps at safety as well as participating on special teams. The safety finished ninth on the team in tackles last season, despite not being a starter.
Kindred, given his youthfulness, starting experience and relatively cheap contract, should generate interest on the waiver wire. If he somehow passes through, he shouldn't be long on the open market.