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Report: Browns sign free-agent wide receiver Earl Bennett

By George Thomas Published: May 15, 2014

The Cleveland Browns will address their need at wide receiver with the signing of Earl Bennett, a free agent who most recently toiled for the Chicago Bears. 

The 6-foot wide receiver will bolster a spot that looks increasingly suspect due to the loss of wide receiver Josh Gordon, who is facing a season-long ban for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

His signing, reported by Jake Jones of KFBB in Helena, Mont., falls in line what general manager Ray Farmer has said about the spot should Gordon be lost. He said that the Browns don’t need superstars at the position and pointed to the Seattle Seahawks as an example of that. 

Another off season acquisition, Nate Burleson, recently underwent surgery for a broken arm, but should be ready for training camp.  The Browns, however, signed four undrafted free agent receivers earlier this week. 

Bennett, a third-round draft choice in 2007, caught 32 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns last season, including one against the Browns in a December game.  In his career he’s grabbed 185 passes for 2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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