Five days after a run-in with an assistant coach, defensive tackle Leonard Louis was traded to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick, Browns coach Eric Mangini revealed at his Tuesday morning press conference.
Last week, Louis and defensive line coach Bryan Cox got into a heated argument during team drills, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Don’t you curse at me,” the newspaper quoted the fiery Cox as shouting. Cox then ordered Louis to run laps. Louis, according to the paper, started walking slowly without his helmet on. Cox responded: “I said run, don’t walk!”
Louis was the second defensive lineman the Browns have parted ways with in less than a month. In early August, Shaun Smith was released, one day after getting into an argument with Cox. Smith had started 19 games with the Browns over two years.
Louis, an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State in 2007, played in all 16 games for Cleveland last season, starting four.