Browns sign Miles Austin

AP

With Josh Gordon potentially facing a suspension, Cleveland needs help at wide receiver. Miles Austin will provide just that.

The Browns announced today that Austin has agreed to terms.

Austin has spent his entire career in Dallas, and the Cowboys said this week that they were interested in bringing him back. Instead, he’ll head to Cleveland, where he could be the No. 1 receiver if Gordon is suspended. Right now the receiver depth chart after Gordon is thin, with Greg Little, Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson and Travis Benjamin as the top four.

The 29-year-old Austin is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued season in which he caught just 24 passes for 244 yards, and no touchdowns. But if healthy, Austin could be a valuable part of Cleveland’s offense.

Gordon is reportedly facing a suspension for the entire 2014 season as a result of a failed drug test. Last year, Gordon led the league in receiving yards despite missing the first two games because of a drug suspension.

Before signing with Cleveland, Austin was one of the wide receivers on PFT’s All-Unemployed Team.

93 responses to “Browns sign Miles Austin

  1. The Browns have got to be having the most interesting offseason in the league …

  2. I hope Miles can stay off the IR. He’s damn good when he’s healthy, which hasn’t been very often the last few years.

  3. Good pick-up for sure if he can stay healthy.

    Don’t sleep on Charles Johnson who is currently on the roster. If healthy, he too is a talented young guy who could be a sleeper to contribute.

  4. I thought the browns had also signed Earl Bennett earlier? I think he’s the better bet to be the #1 receiver while gordon is out. Miles Austin didn’t seem to have much left last year.

  5. He got alligator arms in Dallas after the big money came in…hopefully the Browns keep him a little bit hungry.

    When does Greg Little get cut?

  6. I’m a huge vikings fan, and this is my first post. I don’t understand why the dog pound and the Vikings can’t get along. We are in very similar situations with new regimes at the helm who seem to insist that these organizations jump out of mediocrity. The truth is both Manziel and Bridgewater walked onto talent filled teams that have something to prove. I’m rooting for Cleveland in the AFC, nothing would make me happier than to have this QB class remembered ong the greats. Austin will prove to be a valuable pickup, he possesses great leadership qualities, and don’t let last years numbers fool you, the dude can still ball.

  7. Decent fantasy backup?

    Now we can confirm you just started watching football when the seahawks started winning.

  8. Everybody was freaking out when they didn’t draft a WR. This regime unlike the past ones seem like they have a plan and know what they’re doing.
    Go Browns!!!

  9. As far as Gordon goes, I’m with Jim Rome. “What is it with athletes and their tree? Steroids, I get – bigger, faster, stronger, quicker recovery. But how does ingesting something that makes you melt into the couch and crush Twinkies give you a competitive edge?”

    As for Austin, good pickup. They had just better hope he and Bennett can stay healthy.

  10. Thank you Cleveland for keeping him from coming back to Dallas.

    The over/under on a hamstring injury has been set at Game 3 of the regular season.

  11. Decent pickup at this point in the offseason. If, and this is a big if, he stays healthy I think he’ll be decent for the Brownies.

  12. Miles runs the most beautiful routes I have witnessed from any wide receiver I have watched. I pray his hamstrings hold up, cause if so, he will be a good signing. Hopefully it was something about the way he trains that causes his issues and can be change. Just a good guy.

  13. While Austin and Bennett will by no means strike fear in the hearts of any defense, these two signings are really pretty OK, especially when one considers that rookies tend to not have much in the way of impact.

  14. This guy is going to be playing murderball halfway through the season after his legs blow up again.

  15. Damn… I gotta admit, I like what the Browns are doing this off season. They just may be one hell of a team to deal with this year. Here’s hoping they can pull it together. Their fans are loyal and deserve to see some wins for sticking around through all the hard times.

    ~ Raider fan

  16. Indifference should be the absolute climax of positive reaction for Cleveland fans here.

    Signed,
    Cowboys fan

  17. Based on my review of the THUMBS below posts, it is clear that most think penalties for weed use are way too harsh. However, it surprises me that there also seem to be a not insignificant number of people who support the way weed use is penalized. Notwithstanding very recent reports that the NFL has agreed to change its policies on this, I would be interested to hear the justifications on the part of those who support harsh discipline for weed. It baffles my mind how so many people can be completely out of touch with society and the concept of issuing discipline proportionate to the harm caused. And as a closing disclaimer, I do NOT smoke at all.

  18. Smart move by the Browns not selecting a WR in the deepest WR draft in memory. They went into the draft with 11 picks and came out with 6 and no receivers. Now Browns fans and sympathizers are applauding the signing of mediocrities like Miles Austin and Earl Bennett, and an UDFA from Ball State. The idiot Browns spent millions in free agency, blew through all their draft picks, and are now picking over the scraps of street free agent Wrs. Who could know Josh Gordon would rather get high than play for the Browns?

  19. Even without Gordon, their current receiving corps is officially stronger than the ones they’ve fielded in years past. I like the Bennett and Austin acquisitions.

  20. This is prob low risk high reward for the browns. A vet who has shown he can be very productive IF huge IF he is healthy, Austin will have a resurgence (my bold prediction) and they prob very cap friendly.

  21. Wow, it looks like Cleveland is trying to move up from being the laughing stock of the AFC North. That’s ok, we’ve still got Pittsburgh and Cincinnati bringing up the rear

  22. Browns are going for all out this offseason. Put Brian Hoyer back under center ad this team can make some noise. Still to early to think about a play off spot, but I’m not going to sleep on this Cleveland Browns team.

  23. Why pollute your first good vibe this century with a underachieving ex-Cowboy? He brings choke stench to a team that surely doesn’t need it.

  24. .If you have under a 4yr contract centered in 13. to a 6 ft 2 inch 215 lib 4.38 guy don,t you believe with the length of the contract that its his to loGorden eta back he slides over.

  25. Miles Austin better not get injured in Cleveland…unless he likes career or life-ending staph. Wait…they don’t use Cleveland Clinic anymore…carry on.

  26. Earl Bennett will never be a #1 WR, for anybody. But he’s a real good #2… a lot better than Burleson, for sure.

  27. “if healthy, Austin could be a valuable part of Cleveland’s offense.”

    If healthy, he’d still be a part of Dallas’s offense.

  28. Maybe his hamstrings will hold up better on grass than in Jerry World’s turf.

    Austin’s injury concerns are exacerbated by the fact that every injured Brown ends up getting MERSA or some other drug resistant infection.

  29. Does anybody really think the league will actually follow through on a one season suspension of a premier player, at a glamor position, on a team that literally has no other stars on their roster? My money says the suspension will get bargained down the to 8 games and Gordon will be back on the field sometime in November.

  30. Lets see– Miles Austin FA to Browns. Brandon Weeden FA to Dallas. Does anyone out there think Dallas made the better move? Cowboys fans, you had better pray Romo’s 34 year old back holds up. I would take Austin, even with a pulled hamstring, over old man Weeden any day of the week.

  31. Breaking news: Miles Austin is broken.

    In Austin and Bennett the Browns continue to pull scrubs off the scrap heap to play WR. It is inexcusable that they didn’t draft a WR between rounds 2 and 3.

    May Goodell have mercy on our souls and only suspend Josh Gordon 8 games.

  32. Miles gets sent to the Cleveland Sewer Browns, after playing in Dallas.

    Yea, he is pretty stoked.

  33. Baffling that non-Browns fans care what happens on the team. I wouldn’t lose a wink if every other team suddenly imploded. We know that one draft won’t suddenly fix a team. They got what they needed for this year and added another first and fourth for next year. oh wow,they didn’t draft a WR. I sure didn’t see Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones carrying a Lombardi. I’m content in letting the front office slowly build the team up and not making panic moves. It’s incredible how refreshing it is to have a owner who realizes his mistakes and tries to fix them and has a GM and coach who are determined to make something long term and not just strive for a wildcard slot.

  34. Great idea lets replace a guy that had 1600 yds last year with a guy that had 300. Makes perfect sense to me

    Maybe you should have thought of this during the draft when you had the best WR and player in the draft available at 4 Farmer

    Stupid is as stupid does. Same old Browns

    Hope everyone enjoys another double digit loss season

  35. To Cleveland fans: You are getting a real nice player here but he has the hamstrings of a newborn baby

  36. Good for the Browns. Looks like Farmer, “mr osi newsome wanna be”is showing off a lil but really this should be about the Browns fans. They have been through so much. I just hope they do well this year, at least .500 because oh boy, its been so long.

  37. Getting picked by Cleveland is like that scene in Judge Dredd “Taking the long walk into the cursed earth”

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