The Browns need reinforcements in their receiving corps as they brace for the NFL to hit All-Pro Josh Gordon with a potential season-long suspension, but Earl Bennett won’t be riding to the rescue.
The Browns cut Bennett today, terminating the contract he signed May 15. The team announced the move.
Bennett, 27, and fellow veteran receiver Miles Austin, 29 joined the Browns a week after General Manager Ray Farmer decided not to address the position in the NFL Draft. Bennett spent his entire NFL career – the past six seasons – with the Chicago Bears. He caught 32 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.
A repeat offender of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, Gordon could be banned for at least a year because he tested positive for marijuana, ESPN reported May 9. He is appealing in an effort to have the suspension reduced.
With Bennett out of the mix, the Browns have 13 receivers on their roster. The group is composed of Gordon, Austin, Nate Burleson, 32, Andrew Hawkins, 28, Travis Benjamin, 24, Charles Johnson, 25, Anthony Armstrong, 31, Conner Vernon, 23, and undrafted rookies Taylor Gabriel, 23, Chandler Jones, 22, Jonathan Krause, 22, Kenny Shaw, 22, and Willie Snead, 21.