The Browns will release Bowe, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Bowe, who signed a two-year deal with the Browns prior to the 2015 season, that included $9 million in guaranteed money, only saw action in seven games this past season, catching five passes for 53 yards. He should catch on elsewhere on a prove-it sort of deal, but the veteran wideout, who turns 32 in September, has much to prove before re-entering the fantasy discussion.
Bowe, who was a healthy scratch in Week 17's loss to Pittsburgh, finished the season with five catches on 13 targets for 53 receiving yards. Bowe not only produced what was by far the worst statistical season of his NFL career, but made over one million dollars per catch to do so. Time and time again, Bowe was a healthy scratch in favor of younger receivers that were willing to contribute on special teams as well. It's unclear if this is the end of the road for the 31-year-old, who is due to make $9 million next season. Despite the expected cap hit, it wouldn't be hard to imagine Cleveland's new front office personnel simply cutting their losses with this high-profile free agent signing.
Bowe hauled in two passes on three targets for 22 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. It was just the second game this season where Bowe recorded a reception, and just the sixth time he has been active. The veteran may see a few more looks with an injury-depleted position group, but it likely wouldn't be wise to start him in the fantasy playoffs.
Bowe (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the 49ers. Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it will be the seventh time this season that Bowe is a healthy scratch. Even with Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel inactive due to concussions, the Browns just can't seem to find a role for their $9 million man in the passing game. His continued absence suggests that both rookie Darius Jennings and recently re-signed Terrelle Pryor have both moved ahead of him on the depth charts. One would be hard-pressed to find a fantasy format where Bowe is worth owning at this point in the season.
Bowe (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Bengals. Bowe saw the field for a whopping four snaps Week 12 against Baltimore, but will return to the inactive list for the Week 13 contest. Even with both Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins on the shelf due to concussions, the Browns didn't have enough of a role for Bowe to warrant putting him on the active roster. Instead, the team will utilize rookie Darius Jennings, who was promoted to the active roster Saturday. This speaks volumes about the team's aspirations for their $9 million man.
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