Hitner's looking for work.
"It is important for us to thank Donte for all of his contributions to the Cleveland Browns over the last two seasons," Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. "His passion for this city and dedication to his craft was contagious. These are difficult decisions to make but we felt it was the best decision for the Browns at this time. We wish him the best as he continues his career."
Whitner, a Cleveland native, was second on the team in tackles last season and earned a Pro Bowl trip in 2014. The 30-year-old took to Twitter after receiving word of his release.