Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (80) celebrates after catching a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Browns Cut Earl Bennett


The Cleveland Browns announced via Twitter that they have cut Earl Bennett:

Bennett was signed shortly after the NFL Draft in light of the Browns not drafting any receiver and the news of Josh Gordon‘s up coming suspension. The signing made sense though the smaller Bennett would fight for time along with Andrew Hawkins and Travis Benjamin, though those two smaller receivers play different roles in the offense. Bennett was in no way going to replace Gordon’s production but was brought in to see how he could contribute to a depleted talent pool.

With mini-camp over its obvious the Browns didn’t see the need to keep the veteran around. Expect the team to look for other receivers during Training Camp or after roster cuts. The Browns could be interested in a number of veterans who could be cut for salary cap purposes. There are also receivers, like Andre Johnson, who could be available via trade as new regimes take over and look to make the roster into their liking.

Either way the lack of news on Gordon’s suspension, though it is clearly expected in the media, as well as Miles Austin‘s health issues throughout his career, mostly his hamstrings, keeps the receiving core as a weakness that may need to be addressed. The Browns could spend most of their time in 22 package with 2 running backs, 2 tight ends and 1 receiver this season.

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  • bearisity

    Will Bennett make a squad at all this year?

    • Jared Mueller

      I think he might get picked up for a few games somewhere after injuries this year.

      • bearisity

        I hope so. He had really good hands in chicago. Don’t remember him dropping to many. The only knock on him was staying healthy. But last year he went without injury. He was only cut as far as i could tell to free up salary space and he wouldn’t take a pay cut as he did the year before.

        • Jared Mueller

          I like him as well. Not a high end guy but solid. We have Burelson and Hawkins in the slot.

  • Sam Gold

    If Gordon is not suspended no announcement will come from the league. Anyone think it’s possible our front office received word from the league that Gordon is no longer facing suspension and consequently had no use for Bennett? A long shot, I know, but one can hope…

    • Jared Mueller

      I’m with you Sam that would be great. It is interesting the timing. It seems that his test was during the season last year, near the end from a source I have, and that his appeals should be done by now. Gordon got a unique suspension last year, is he just a special case for some reason? Bennett is almost only an inside receiver so I doubt it relates. If Austin or Benjamin were cut that might move the needle in that direction. Whats your guess on when we find out?

      • Sam Gold

        I actually knew Bennett was an inside receiver, my correlation was weak. If Gordon’s possible suspension was due to a missed test as has been rumored Rosenhaus may have presented a strong enough case to explain/excuse the miss and no suspension is forthcoming. If this does happen the only way we’d find out is if the FO “announces” it as the league will have nothing to say, per policy. It seems at this point no news is GREAT news.

        • Jared Mueller

          Sorry Sam. I try not to assume either way on someone’s knowledge. Lets just keep hoping. There are always loop holes. I did an article on FoS about his substance use and my concerns for him long term. 2 actually, its my professional field of work for the past 13 years and I am genuinely concerned about him.