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Browns announce signing of WR Miles Austin (with updates)

By George Thomas Published: May 15, 2014

The Cleveland Browns continue to take steps to work on their problem at the wide receiver position.

The team announced that they’d agreed to terms with former Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin, even as that team’s coach, Cleveland native Jason Garrett stated that they were still open to bringing the 29-year-old veteran back after releasing him.

Austin, provided he stays healthy, could represent an insurance policy if the Browns were to lose Pro Bowl wideout Josh Gordon for the season due to a ban for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Austin’s production has slipped the past few seasons because of consistent hamstring injuries, according to reports.  But when healthy, he can impact a game with his speed and ability to get open deep.

In eight NFL seasons he’s caught 301 passes for 4,481 yards (14.9 yards per reception) and 34 touchdowns.  His best season came in 2009 when he caught 81 balls for 1,320 yards and 11 scores.  Last year in 11 games he caught 24 passes for 244 yards. 

UPDATE: Browns make Earl Bennett signing official.  They also came to terms with undrafted free agent defensive lineman-linebacker Elhadji Ndiaye out of Nebraska-Kearney.  The former Cornhusker - 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, had 46 tackles including 9.5 for losses and seven sacks. 

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