Browns Dump 2011 Second-Round Draft Pick, WR Greg Little

The Cleveland Browns must be happy with their wide receiver depth after signing veteran castoffs Miles Austin and Earl Bennett on Thursday as they have now released Greg Little.

Little, the Browns second-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, registered 155 catches for 1,821 yards and eight touchdowns in his three seasons with Cleveland. He also registered several drops.

Despite Little not living up to expectations, the move by the Browns to release him is a bit curious with leading wide receiver Josh Gordon currently facing a season-long suspension.

The Browns did not draft a wide receiver last weekend and with new free agent addition Nate Burleson also currently sidelined with a fractured arm until the start of training camp, their depth chart looks to be in shambles at the position.

There have been some rumblings about the Browns wanting to trade for Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, but nothing concrete has been reported about that being a legitimate possibility.

The Browns will open up their 2014 season at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • steeltown

    Drops and all, this makes no sense

    So they have oft inured Austin, an injured Burleson, Bennett and a couple others like Andrew Hawkins and Kenny Shaw….

  • srdan

    What is going on over there?

  • Soliciting Steelers

    You would think he would be at least a good #4 or #5, especially still on a rookie cheap salary. Andrew Hawkins better catch a lot of balls!

  • Ellwood Davis

    I’d bring him in, and take a look. It shouldn’t cost much, and we might be able to make something out of him.

  • Jason Brant

    I can only assume that entering the Browns organization causes an immediate forty point I.Q. drop.

  • 20Stoney

    Definitely makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

  • dgh57

    What is going on over there is business as usual!

  • Big White

    Texans aint trading Johnson, He’s was there first draft pick and is supposedly a pretty darn all american community guy. They may ask him to take a pay cut, which is always a better option than playing in Cleveland. They trade Johnson and a lot of the Texan faithful will be ticked off. Not to mention he is still a pretty good player.

  • Matt Manzo

    I heard that Johnson wants out now cuz he thinks they’ll cut him in a year or two! What ever happens it would suck to be a Texan fan right now! No QB? Pissed off WR!

  • Matt Manzo

    How similar to DHB is he? A little bigger right? With some speed?

  • Not as fast about the exact same size.

  • They basically have nothing outside Hawkins (pending Gordon suspension).

    Wr 1. Benjamin
    Wr 2. Hawkins

    Wr 3. Bennett (one productive season)

    Wr 4. Austin (constant issues with health.

    Not really a whole lot of proven NFL talent with Gordon out. Unless they swing a trade, there is nothing here that will scare anyone, when they are forced to pass. They had better sit Manziel all season if this is the best they are going to give him.

  • steeltown

    They did pick up undrafted WR from FSU Kenny Shaw, obviously no pro experience and he has a slight build, but he was a good college player. But as you mentioned, they really don’t have much that instills fear

  • Kevin Gobleck

    He is like the Ike Taylor of recievers

  • 20Stoney

    Cleveland fans seem pretty excited about this move. Every year the offseason seems like their most exciting time of year. They sure do waste a lot of high draft picks up there. Here’s hoping it continues.

  • 20Stoney

    I heard when they handed him his release, he dropped it……

  • I thought they had already dumped him. Drops or not, they need the camp depth at this point unless he was due some huge bonus June 1st.

  • This is a departure from the norm?

  • He wasn’t their first pick, David Carr was. But he has been the face of the franchise.

    You are reading the situation all wrong though, it is not the Texans that want more out of him, it’s him that wants out to play for a winning team now, before they cut him due to age.

  • Steelers12328882

    He was a bust. I just read a tweet that PFF gave him the worst grade as a WR over the last 3 years by a long shot.

  • That and he doesn’t want to be on a rebuilding roster. Even if they do trade for a QB, they aren’t likely to get a franchise guy.

  • Hah

  • Paddy

    The Browns are just awful glad I don’t live there. I would move

  • Sonny-James

    They are awful picky for a team without any proven receivers left. A lack of receivers won’t make Manziel look any better

  • srdan

    And to be honest, Alonzo jackson and Bruce Davis come to mind. This move on its own is not unheard of, but coupled with the last 15 months, i’m scratching my head.

    It’s almost like the “draft day” movie wen tot their head.

  • PA2AK

    A bust is likely…it is Cleveland. Still, sometimes you have to hang on to them given your overall situation. It would be his last year of rookie deal…arguably the best bang for your buck if he knows the end of the road is near. Curious move.

  • Big White

    Well it aint gonna happen in the Mistake By the Lake.

  • Big White

    I think Bortles would have been a reach at no. 1, but so is Clowney. Bortles has the potential to be a top dozen quarterback in a few years, by that time the cap will probably be much higher and his salary will probably be an average at the position in general.

  • Big White

    good call of David Carr. I had forgotten all about him.

  • Big White

    Little was at the heart of the UNC scandal. He has been an underachiever in Cleveland and i’ll bet the family farm he conducted himself there with the same lack of class i saw in Chapel Hill.

  • Matt Manzo

    Bortles was my favorite of the QBs! I’m just shocked at their QB situation! They have to bring someone else in!

  • Matt Manzo

    Ya! This is the first time I actually side with the player! I’d be pissed too!

  • steeltown


  • steelster

    They should be called the bad news browns or the bad luck browns.

  • Yeah, I don’t think he wants to leave Houston for Cleveland.

  • Their first draft pick was david carr.

  • steelster

    I could see Johnson traded to the patriots for Mallett. That move makes a lot of sense.

  • Sadly, I think you are right.

  • DoctorNoah

    Cleveland Fans: I feel for you. Only thing worse for those guys would be to have Dan Snyder as their owner.

  • CW

    I don’t know. Snyder is at least entertainingly stupid, not sadly stupid.

  • I love it when their fans pronounce them king of the off season, followed up by 4-12

  • CW

    Kind of easy to forget about Carr. Everyone else has.

  • At least he is not a criminal.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Miles ” Oh My Hammy” Austin is the backup plan? Please put Johnny bust in when we play so Tuitt and Cam can bury him quick. lol

    I actually feel sorry for the Browns fans as the incompetence never seems to end.

  • Milliken Steeler

    I agree Doc but…..they do have one up and coming stud at TE in Cameron. That will help….a little.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Slower, with equally suspect hands. lol

  • Steelers12328882

    Worst rated receiver in football the last 3 years. No bang in that buck.

  • PA2AK

    you’re missing the point.

  • Steelers12328882

    No, I get what you’re saying. It is curious given what’s going on at receiver in Cleveland, but maybe they felt it’s just time to cut the cord. Looked up what he did in 2 games last year against us and despite starting both games he had 3 catches for 26 yards. Meanwhile Gordon had 21 catches for 319 yards and a TD in those same games. Maybe he’d give you his all knowing it’s the end, but obviously that’s just not good enough for them. Truth is his contract is at it’s peak and his numbers are in decline.

  • Brian Tollini

    I would compare this move to us releasing William Gay because we signed Brice McCain and drafted Shaquille Richardson. Doesn’t make sense. At least let him compete for a roster spot in camp.

  • Johnny Loose

    Factory of sadness still firing on all cylinders I see..

  • I see similar results, record wise to last season. The only reason Petine does not get fired is they are still paying Chud & Shumur. So he will at least get one year.