The Browns altered their wide receiver situation with two recent signings.
One week ago, the Cleveland Browns collected CB Justin Gilbert and QB Johnny Manziel in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Browns’ stellar front office also landed a 2015 first round pick.
However, in the ensuing 24 hours, Browns WR Josh Gordon was suspended for the entire 2014 season. After losing one of the league’s top wideout, the Browns neglected the receiver position for the remaining duration of the draft.
Rather fill the void with rookies, Cleveland bolstered their wideout core with veteran WR’s Miles Austin and Earl Bennett, who were both added on Thursday.
Austin spent the first nine years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. In 2012, Austin registered 943 receiving yards on 66 receptions (14.3 yards/rec avg) and six receiving touchdowns, respectively.
An injury-riddled 2013 campaign mixed with the emergence of younger wideouts led to Austin’s release.
With the Chicago Bears, Bennett tacked on 243 receiving yards on 32 receptions (7.6 yards/rec avg) and four receiving touchdowns in 2013, respectively.
Whether Manziel or fellow Browns QB Brian Hoyer is at the helm, the new wideouts—along with other Browns targets like TE Jordan Cameron—will replace the vast majority of Gordon’s sheer production.