Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (80) during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns announce signing of WR Earl Bennett

The Cleveland Browns took a lot of flack during the draft this past weekend after they failed to target a wide receiver from the second round and beyond in the wake of the news that Josh Gordon could be facing a year-long suspension for a second failed drug test. On Thursday, they’re trying to show the fans that they’re committed to bringing in some talent at the position, as just hours after they signed former Cowboys receiver Miles Austin, they announced the signing of former Bears receiver Earl Bennett.

Bennett has played his enitre six-year career in the NFL so far with the Bears, although his production has dropped dramatically as of late.

His best season came in his second year in 2009 when he caught 54 passes for 717 yards and two touchdowns, but the production began to dip from there. In 2013, Bennett snagged 32 balls for just 243 yards, although he did find the end zone four times.

The fact remains though, despite the signings of Austin and Bennett, the team needed a young, playmaker at wide receiver in the draft this past weekend, and they whiffed. These two might be a good short-term fix, but if they want to help out Johnny Manziel in the long run, they had better have a few more tricks up their sleeve.

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  • Richard Ciesielski

    Welcome Earl, its good to see you on our side : )Getting the two WR’s is awesome, even if they’re not every down players. I think that by now the people who really are NFL fans have got to be doing a double take thinking since when did Cleveland get serous about playing football ? I do hope that they forget about us though, it’ll be like the first year the Indians were good and people all over just never seen it commin. I’d love to see Farmer get Johnson from Houston. With all of this talent I bet Gordens wishing he had a longer foot just to kick himself all the more, I think Ray Farmer is going to make it tough for Josh just because he isn’t going to be as big of a lose now, Ol’ Josh might just have to share more of the limelight then he did when it was just him and Cameron. I’d still give them 20 bucks though to swap Skrine and Little. I think both would benefit to as well as the team if Little blocked passes and Skrine cought them. I’d even pay cash too, lol.