The Cleveland Browns released wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Wednesday after seeing him catch just five passes in 2015 after signing as a free agent.
The Cleveland Browns continued their latest roster makeover on Wednesday as they released wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
According to cleveland.com, the Browns will save $3.4 million on the cap by cutting Bowe, but will still count for $4.6 million in dead money on the cap. They still own him $2.85 million of his $6.15 million base salary for this season.
He will also go down as arguably the worst free agent signing in franchise history and is on the short list for the worst in Cleveland sports history.
Bowe signed a two-year deal with the Browns in 2015 that guaranteed him $9 million. For that investment, Bowe gave the club five receptions for 53 yards, while appearing in just seven games.
In case you missed those five receptions, they came:
- Against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 5, when Bowe had three receptions for 31 yards
- Against the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 20, when Bowe had two receptions for 22 yards
Bowe injured a hamstring in training camp and never really did much from that point on. There were reports as early as September that the coaching staff wanted to release him, but the team was reluctant to do so because of the guaranteed money.
As the season went along Bowe could not get on the field even as wide receivers Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and Brian Hartline were lost to injuries.
While Bowe leaves the Browns with nothing more than regrets, he doesn’t leave Cleveland empty handed as he was awarded a performance bonus of $2,846.14 from the league this week.
Bowe joins Karlos Dansby, Randy Starks and Jim Dray as older players the Browns are releasing as they go through their latest rebuilding project.
Free agency is underway and the NFL Draft is on the horizon. Be sure to follow Dawg Pound Daily to keep up with everything the Browns are trying to do while they go through their latest biennial rebuilding project.