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Browns Release Veteran WR Earl Bennett

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At least we got this one picture of him.
At least we got this one picture of him.
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Earlier today, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler spoke about what the departure of veteran WR Earl Bennett means:

Well, Cutler and the Bears will have a chance to get Bennett back, as just a few hours later, the Cleveland Browns terminated his contract a little over one month after signing him to a one-year deal. It's not too surprising of news; with the Josh Gordon news pending, the Browns signed four veteran receivers this offseason -- Nate Burleson, Miles Austin, Anthony Armstrong, and Bennett.

Throughout OTAs and minicamp, Burleson and Austin have pretty much been able to sit by and relax as they recover from injuries. Armstrong and Bennett were the guys walking the fine line of staying on the roster. Unfortunately for Bennett, Armstrong just happened to be the "star of OTAs and minicamp," which surely played a part in the decision to keep him over Bennett.

The roster move puts the Browns back down to 89 players, so expect them to sign somebody or claim a player off waivers soon. Bennett had $75,000 in guaranteed money on his contract, so he's walking away from a month's worth of action with a pretty nice bonus.