Browns Sign Veteran Wide Receivers Miles Austin, Earl Bennett

Despite knowing that they could possibly lose starting wide receiver Josh Gordon for the entire 2014 season for reportedly failing a drug test, the Cleveland Browns chose not to add a wide receiver during the 2014 NFL Draft. Instead, they’ve chosen to go the free agent route in order to protect themselves from the potential loss of Gordon for an extended amount of time.

On Thursday, the Browns signed veteran wide receivers Miles Austin and Earl Bennett to their roster.

Bennett, who spent his first six NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears after being picked in the third-round of the 2008 NFL Draft, caught 32 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns last year.

Austin, who was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2006, is a two-time Pro Bowler, who has been hampered by hamstring injuries the last few seasons. He was released by the Cowboys back in March after catching 24 passes for 244 yards.

Combined, Bennett and Austin won’t come close to replacing Gordon, who caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The Browns also signed veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson during the offseason, but he will be sidelined until the start of training camp with a fractured left arm suffered last week during an OTA session.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will open the 2014 season against the Browns at Heinz Field on September 7th.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Still….2 years away! Haha

  • Kevin Gobleck

    This should be an easy home opener, as long as we take them seriously.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I thought the Steelers should have taken a chance on Austin. If he can get his hamstring issues resolved like Troy did, he could be excellent again. I always thought he was just a short fast guy with sure hands, but he is 6’2″. Oh, well, now that he’s in Cleveland, maybe his hamstrings act up again.

  • Hard Row

    Miles Austin is the Duce Staley of WRs. Maybe Gordon can give him some of his Tussin and let it sink down into the bone and keep him healthy.

  • DoctorNoah

    I think there should be an annual Browns vs. Raiders Game. Call it the Toilet Bowl?

  • Big White

    Bennett can still play and will probably have to start. Austin shouldn’t make the squad but probably will because Devon Bess may be in an institution by then.

  • blue

    2 washed up bums, cant wait to play Browns

  • joed32

    Didn’t the Raiders beat us last year?

  • steeltown

    Damn, Burleson fractured his arm last week, I feel kind of bad for them but not really, we’ve been hit pretty hard in the past with circumstances out of our control (namely injuries) so its hard to feel for them

  • steeltown

    …and the year before that

  • DoctorNoah

    We seem to lose to the Raiders every year. Doesn’t mean they’re not crap.

  • These guys are suppose to solve the possible loss of J. Gordon problem they are facing lol….they needed these guys with Gordon. As soon as they start looking like they know what they are doing….It’s always one step forward and two steps back with the Browns.

  • cencalsteeler

    “Stay classy Doc!” Sincerely, Ron Burgandy

  • James Kling

    Good job by the Browns. They needed some complementary receivers for the WR1 and WR2.
    Now all they need to do is find their WR1 and WR2.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    14 million for Woodley. But Austin would only cost 50,000 with no guarantees. Therefore good risk. Big big difference.