The Cleveland Browns officially announced the signing of WR Dwayne Bowe on Friday. Contracts details (other than it being two years) have not come out yet, but here is what GM Ray Farmer, head coach Mike Pettine, and Bowe himself said about the signing.
"Dwayne is a player that adds a big, tough and physical presence to our group. His ability to play in high traffic areas of the field for contested catches is something we really like. We have talked about having a versatile group of wide receivers that can align and play from various positions, and he can do that. His position versatility to inside and outside numbers appeals to us in a variety of ways. We look forward to seeing how he will help our team."
"Dwayne brings a nice combination of size and speed to our wide receiver group. He is a veteran player that has been productive and caught a ton of footballs in this league. His size and catch radius make him very quarterback-friendly, and we are happy to add him to our team."
"The Browns were the perfect situation from the fan base to the style of offense and the way I'll be utilized to help the team go to the next level. After eight years, you're a pro's pro. I've had every style of coaching, every personality. I've been through a lot and it's going to make this transition a little easier because of what I've been through. The fan base is crazy just like Kansas City and is something I'm excited to be a part of. The positive energy I'm going to bring to the locker room is definitely going to take the Dawg Pound to the next level.
These guys just want to play football. You don't have any ego guys on that team. You've got guys that just want to come in and do their job and make the organization successful, and that's all you ask for in a group, guys that want to come in and play their tail off. It doesn't matter if they're No. 1 or No. 2 as long as everyone is contributing. They just want to win. That's something the organization definitely needs now is winning, and they're putting in the right pieces to make that happen."
Last year, the Browns were known for having under-sized receivers, and the tallest of the bunch, WR Miles Austin, wasn't exactly an outside threat. Farmer talked about Bowe's ability "to play in high traffic areas of the field for contested catches," which is a reason I made the sales pitch for Cleveland to look at Raiders RFA Andre Holmes. Head coach Mike Pettine also talked about Bowe's "size and catch radius" and being "quarterback friendly," which I think plays to Josh McCown's strengths when he goes to launch a deep ball.