Report: Browns sign former Bears WR Earl Bennett

Earl Bennett began his NFL career with the Bears. (USATSI)
Earl Bennett began his NFL career with the Bears. (USATSI)

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The Browns have signed former Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett, according to Jake Jones of KFBB-TV in Montana. It's much-needed depth at a position that could be without Josh Gordon, who is reportedly facing suspensionfor violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The news comes less than a week after the Browns chose not to address wide receiver with one of the six 2014 draft picks, but despite Bennett's addition, finding competent pass catchers for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel (say what you want, he'll be starting at some point in 2014) remains a priority -- particularly if Gordon misses significant time.

As it stands, the depth chart includes Greg Little (who isn't guaranteed to make the roster) along with offseason acquisitions Andrew Hawkins and Nate Burleson. And, now, Bennett, the 2008 third-round pick out of Vanderbilt who spent his first six NFL seasons in Chicago where he caught 185 passes for 2,227 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 2013, he had 32 receptions for 243 yards and four touchdowns.

Of course, the Browns could still land a big-play wideout; if Andre Johnson truly wants out of Houston then Cleveland would have to be interested.

Unfortunately, CBSSports.com's Pat Kirwan writes that, "At this point in Johnson's career he doesn't want to go to another rebuild situation so I would eliminate teams like the Browns, Jaguars, Raiders and Titans even though all of the teams mentioned have plenty of salary cap space and a real need for a player like Johnson."

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