A day after signing a couple of veterans to deepen their wide receiver corps, the Browns have released one of their youngest wideouts. The team cut Greg Little on Friday.
Little hasn't lived up to expectations since being drafted in the second round in 2011. He caught 61 passes for 709 yards as a rookie and saw each of those numbers fall in each of the next two seasons. He started 13 games in 2013.
I know Greg Little has frustrated all of us with his inconsistent play, unfulfilled potential and butterfingers, but I can't believe the Browns would do this. That is, unless they really believe in Miles Austin's ability to stay healthy and that Earl Bennett is something more than a low-ceiling possession receiver. Little turns only 25 later this month. For all of his mistakes on the field, he still has coveted size and speed that I suppose many teams are looking for. Little will look even more attractive on the open market since he is entering the final year of a cheap rookie contract.
Assuming Josh Gordon is suspended, the Browns WR group now consists of Austin, Bennett, Andrew Hawkins , an injured Nate Burleson , a rehabbing Travis Benjamin , Josh Cooper, Tori Gurley, Charles Johnson, and Chandler Jones.
Cue the Lucille Ball "ewwwwwww" sound bite.
There must have been something else other than Little's play that turned head coach Mike Pettine off with him. The Browns have tried to prepare themselves for Gordon's looming suspension by adding wide receivers. By cutting this one, they have negated some of their progress.