The Cleveland Browns came to terms with receivers Miles Austin and Earl Bennett on Thursday. The Browns had “promised” they had a plan regarding the possible suspension of receiver, Josh Gordon. Gordon led all receivers in 2013 with 1,646 yards. News came out on day two of the NFL draft, Gordon had tested positive, allegedly and could be facing a season long suspension in 2014.
Gordon was suspended two games in 2013 for violating the league’s drug policy. Cleveland refused to draft a receiver and stuck to their original board, refusing to comment on any ongoing situations involving current players.
Austin only played in 11 games in 2013. Catching 24 passes for 244 yards and no touchdowns. A far cry from his Pro Bowl season back in 2009, when he broke out for 81 receptions, 1.320 yards and 11 touchdowns. Austin had spent his entire eight-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, before getting released a few weeks back for CAP reasons. Austin turns 30 in June. Bennett also spent his entire six-year career with one team, the Chicago Bears.
Bennett played in 15 during the Bears 2013 campaign, amassing 32 receptions for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Bennett’s best season came in 2009 when he caught 54 balls for 717 yards and two touchdowns. Bennett turned 27 in March. Will these two veterans be able to help out the Browns? It’s possible. Assuming Gordon misses at least eight games, the number one receiver on the Browns, would be Greg Little. But in all likelihood, it would probably be tight end, Jordan Cameron. Gordon currently denies any wrong doing.
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