Maybe it took longer than some fans wanted, but the Browns finally added another WR on Thursday.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Browns signed Dwayne Bowe to a two-year contract;
The #Browns are signing WR Dwayne Bowe, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2015
Dwayne Bowe visited the #Browns on Saturday & Sunday. He was 1 of their top offseason priorities. They kept working on it & agreed to terms— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2015
Bowe was released by the Chiefs so he will not count against the Browns when putting together the compensation picks in next year's draft, something that the Browns are seemingly intent on pursuing.
Bowe has been a bit of a disappointment since his breakout seasons in 2010 and 2011. He has failed to top 801 yards in the three seasons since as his touchdown production was at zero last season. To be fair that seemed like a Chiefs issues (cough.. Alex Smith cough..) as no Chiefs WR had a TD all of last season. Bowe has some off the field issues as he was suspended twice in his career for substance abuse issues, which fingers crossed, is no longer an issue.
All of that being said Bowe still has tons of potential and instantly becomes the Browns number one WR. The Browns need someone to line up on the other side of Brian Hartline and get Andrew Hawkins back in his best spot, the slot. No word on whether or not this signing would persuade the Browns from passing a WR in the first round and addressing their front seven.
Now if we can get the QB spot figured out, we may just have something here.