The Cleveland Browns have released defensive end Chris Smith, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Smith played in nine games this season for the Browns but was very inconsistent with his play on the field.

Smith was inactive for the Browns’ last game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With their best pass-rusher, Myles Garrett, suspended, that wasn’t a good sign for the future with the Browns.

Smith has had an emotional season off the field. That likely played a big role in his struggles on the field. Smith lost his girlfriend Petara Cordero when she was struck by a car while the two exited their vehicle after their car had malfunctioned and hit the median. The two had a child together that was four weeks old at the time of the accident.

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Back in October, Smith posted on Instagram and explained how tough adjusting to a new life without his girlfriend.

“As I continue to grow each day into this single father role for my daughter Haven, I am having to get used to and be mindful of the things I know her mother @tarajesss would want to do, would want me to do and what she would have done. Her mother is no longer with us physically to do the things moms do for their kids. So I thank all my family, her family and my friends who continue to support us everyday.”

Hopefully, Smith can get things straight in his personal life and will get a chance to perform at a high level with another team.