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Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (80) celebrates after catching a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns sign Earl Bennett

Before the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns were certainly in need of a wide receiver.

It was, however, understandable that they opted to trade down from No. 4 to No. 9 and take an ultra talented cornerback in former Oklahoma State Cowboy Justin Gilbert and then traded up from No. 26 to No. 22 to select former Texas A&M Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Then, the news broke that star receiver Josh Gordon could be suspended for the entire 2014 season, putting the Brows of dire need of any receiver.

On Wednesday, they found a capable veteran that can step in and play.

According to Jake Jones, the Browns have signed former Chicago Bears’ wide receiver Earl Bennett.

Bennet was drafted by the Bears with the 70th-overall pick in the third round of the 2008 Draft and the Bears are the only team he has ever played for. Bennett has 185 career catches for 2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns, including 32 receptions for 243 yards and four touchdowns last season.

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