There were several Cleveland Browns playing in new homes in 2022 and these three failed to live up to expectations, proving the team right in moving on
Every year, teams have to make tough decisions when it comes to their roster. The Cleveland Browns did this in 2022 as they moved on from several players, including three offensive starters.
Here, we look at three players who played with a new team this past season but failed to live up to their expectations.
3 former Browns who failed with their new team in 2022
3. Austin Hooper, Tight End, Tennessee Titans
In 2020, the Browns signed Austin Hooper to a massive four-year deal worth $44 million — with $23 million of that being guaranteed. The deal was praised at the time as Hooper was fresh off his best campaign with the Atlanta Falcons.
He hauled in 75 passes for 787 yards with six touchdowns and was expected to continue to put up big numbers in Kevin Stefanski’s tight end-friendly offense. That never happened as he was a disappointment, recording just 84 catches for 780 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons.
What was worse was how much he struggled to get downfield, averaging just 9.3 yards per catch for the two seasons he was in Cleveland.
Hooper was released ahead of the 2022 campaign as the Browns decided to extend David Njoku instead. This led to a subtle shot at the team from the departing tight end but that was the most explosion he showed all year.
After signing with the Titans, he had just 41 catches for 444 yards with two touchdowns. While he did have more yardage than either campaign in Cleveland, it was a career low for him in terms of touchdowns and his blocking also took a step in the wrong direction.