Gary Barnidge thanks Browns fans after being released

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Tight end Gary Barnidge #82 of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass for a touchdown while being defended by inside linebacker Danny Trevathan #59 of the Denver Broncos during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)

BEREA, Ohio– Tight end Gary Barnidge is saying goodbye to Cleveland Browns fans.

The team announced Friday afternoon it terminated its contract with Barnidge, who started all 16 games in 2016.

“We’d like to thank Gary for all he has done for the Browns and the Cleveland community in his four seasons with our organization,” said Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown, in a news release. “He has been a fine representative of our team, and we wish him the best going forward.”

Known as “Big Play Gar” to teammates, he posted the following on Twitter:

This comes less than a day after Barnidge tweeted this about draft pick David Njoku.

Njoku was even asked about playing with Barnidge Thursday night.

“Of course. I don’t really know much of him, but I know he’s a crazy player. I’m just excited to be here. Everything is just a blessing, honestly,” the former Miami Hurricane said.

Last season, Barnidge had 55 receptions for 612 yards and two touchdowns, making him one of the only consistent players on Cleveland’s offense.