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Browns sign Miles Austin


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.

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  1. coonsqualler says: May 15, 2014 3:08 PM

    In Farmer we TRUST…NICE!!

  2. fthrvic says: May 15, 2014 3:09 PM

    Great pick up…for 3 games.

  3. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: May 15, 2014 3:09 PM

    C’mon, NFL needs to let Gordon play. These weed suspensions take away from the product on the field for something relatively minor.

  4. tennesseeoilers says: May 15, 2014 3:10 PM

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

  5. wtfchiefs says: May 15, 2014 3:11 PM

    And he’s already pulled a hamstring.

  6. seatownballers says: May 15, 2014 3:11 PM

    Decent fantasy backup?

  7. nickinneohio says: May 15, 2014 3:12 PM

    And Earl Bennett.

  8. newdayintampabay says: May 15, 2014 3:12 PM

    That’s when you know times are tough

  9. chicagosports2014 says: May 15, 2014 3:12 PM

    Find your own quotes. ” IN EMERY WE TRUST! ”


  10. acinsd says: May 15, 2014 3:12 PM

    Good signing, just don’t let him wear #19…

  11. fissels says: May 15, 2014 3:13 PM

    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.

  12. snag535 says: May 15, 2014 3:13 PM

    hmm bennet and miles?

  13. jayovalentine says: May 15, 2014 3:14 PM

    Browns… things that either float or sink.

  14. whysomanylosers says: May 15, 2014 3:15 PM

    “…could be a valuable part of Cleveland’s offense.”

    I would say “valuable” is a relative term in this case.

  15. ronketonk says: May 15, 2014 3:17 PM

    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.

  16. eagleswin says: May 15, 2014 3:17 PM

    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.

  17. kneelbeforesod says: May 15, 2014 3:18 PM

    The media finally has its Manziel and Cowboys connection.

  18. jerruhjones says: May 15, 2014 3:18 PM

    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?

  19. thegoods24 says: May 15, 2014 3:19 PM

    He didn’t tear a ligament signing the contract?

  20. dycenyne says: May 15, 2014 3:19 PM

    Now adding a target like Miles Austin for Johnny Baseball the Browns are going to win the super bowl!!! Go Browns!

  21. mwvikings89 says: May 15, 2014 3:20 PM

    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.

  22. mwvikings89 says: May 15, 2014 3:21 PM


  23. shatho1 says: May 15, 2014 3:21 PM

    hey Cleveland have fun watching him on your sidelines most of the season

  24. fts440 says: May 15, 2014 3:22 PM

    Welcome to the Browns Miles…Hope you don’t think you can still wear #19 though?

  25. mn1bjb says: May 15, 2014 3:23 PM

    The Browns are deep at the slot position.

  26. reesesteel23 says: May 15, 2014 3:24 PM

    Decent fantasy backup?

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

  27. nyyjetsknicks says: May 15, 2014 3:25 PM

    The Browns have officially listed him as questionable for week 1 with a hamstring injury.

  28. jayniner says: May 15, 2014 3:26 PM

    Nice signing…

  29. detroitdawg says: May 15, 2014 3:26 PM

    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!!!

  30. jgedgar70 says: May 15, 2014 3:26 PM

    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.

  31. bhindenemylines says: May 15, 2014 3:29 PM

    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.

  32. kosarkid says: May 15, 2014 3:30 PM

    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.

  33. drfeelyouup says: May 15, 2014 3:31 PM

    Browns HAD to make this move. I doubt the deal is for significant money and if he doesn’t work out, back to the street he goes.

  34. pdidit09 says: May 15, 2014 3:33 PM

    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.

  35. slowclyde86 says: May 15, 2014 3:35 PM

    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.

  36. clevelandrocksyourface says: May 15, 2014 3:36 PM

    “But but but….they didn’t take a WR in the draft!!!”

    In Farmer we trust. Go Browns, baby!

  37. JackedUpSports says: May 15, 2014 3:36 PM

    they need all they can get at wr

  38. jredshoes says: May 15, 2014 3:36 PM

    Hamstrings like glass and a grill like a ’53 Buick. Hope it works out

  39. bobbybudnick says: May 15, 2014 3:38 PM

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

  40. mustangbryk says: May 15, 2014 3:39 PM

    Veteran wr to help out a young QB. this was a great signing.

  41. mazenblue says: May 15, 2014 3:39 PM

    Nothing noteworthy. Another mediocre WR.

  42. readysethike says: May 15, 2014 3:40 PM

    he should’ve signed with the Panthers

  43. sportsnut101 says: May 15, 2014 3:40 PM

    Breaking news
    He hurt his hamstring running from his car to sign the contract

  44. Matt dog from C-town says: May 15, 2014 3:41 PM

    The Factory of Gladness!!!!!

  45. 668jbyrd says: May 15, 2014 3:42 PM

    Hopefully the Browns aren’t hamstrung by the contract.

  46. ghost26 says: May 15, 2014 3:43 PM

    The Browns signed Miles Austin. Who says they need Josh Gordon???

  47. kaspauf says: May 15, 2014 3:43 PM

    Hardknocks: Cleveland Browns 2014

  48. jackburton77 says: May 15, 2014 3:44 PM

    What..was Glass Joe, from Mike Tyson’s punchout, unavailable?

    He can also catch better than Miles..even with the boxing gloves on.

  49. returntoexcellence says: May 15, 2014 3:44 PM

    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

  50. billytodd2013blbaad says: May 15, 2014 3:45 PM

    welcome to Cleveland and say so long to your career Miles…

  51. ghost26 says: May 15, 2014 3:46 PM

    Did the Browns cut Earl Bennett already???

  52. cueghost says: May 15, 2014 3:49 PM

    Miles Austin just pulled a hammy reading this article… He’s questionable for OTAs…

  53. Please Ban TheStrategyExpert From Posting says: May 15, 2014 3:49 PM

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

    Cowboys fan

  54. pacodawg says: May 15, 2014 3:51 PM

    This team is serious

  55. dibacco88 says: May 15, 2014 3:52 PM

    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.

  56. getadealdonealready says: May 15, 2014 4:01 PM

    Is it possible to get hurt signing your contract?

  57. osage44 says: May 15, 2014 4:03 PM

    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?

  58. kosarsmyidol says: May 15, 2014 4:07 PM

    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.

  59. wallydippins says: May 15, 2014 4:28 PM

    In Farmer We Trust!

  60. ixdarexu says: May 15, 2014 4:30 PM

    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.

  61. norvturnersneck says: May 15, 2014 4:30 PM

    I think he already tore a hamstring

  62. zeeman911 says: May 15, 2014 4:31 PM

    Dudes best years are behind him….

  63. alshonbrandontandem says: May 15, 2014 4:31 PM

    “Great addition”

    Pulled hamstrings

  64. notthetroll says: May 15, 2014 4:38 PM

    the Typhoid Mary of hamstring problems.

  65. maninbrown says: May 15, 2014 4:39 PM

    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

  66. floridahawker says: May 15, 2014 4:40 PM

    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.

  67. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 15, 2014 4:42 PM


  68. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: May 15, 2014 4:47 PM

    “If healthy” are the key words here. Dude hasn’t been healthy the past 3 seasons.

  69. justintuckrule says: May 15, 2014 4:57 PM

    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.

  70. panamajimmy54 says: May 15, 2014 4:59 PM

    .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.

  71. winstonjed44 says: May 15, 2014 5:14 PM

    I hope this isn’t their only answer to possibly losing Gordon for the season because you can’t trust Austin to stay healthy.

  72. gallogj says: May 15, 2014 5:18 PM

    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.

  73. timmons94 says: May 15, 2014 5:23 PM

    Miles Austin stinks. So another words he will fit right in with a team that 6 years running can’t win more than 5 games

  74. bassplucker says: May 15, 2014 5:50 PM

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

  75. kevpft says: May 15, 2014 6:17 PM

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

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

  76. killergadfly says: May 15, 2014 7:16 PM

    Browns WR Depth Chart:

    1. Andrew Hawkins
    2. Flavor of the week
    3. Greg Little

  77. deafcone says: May 15, 2014 7:30 PM

    depends on if Johnny IR can stay on the field.

  78. longsufferingkcfan says: May 15, 2014 7:34 PM

    Maybe “Smiles” Miles Austin can turn the Grieveland Frowns upside down.

  79. trollaikman8 says: May 15, 2014 7:47 PM

    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.

  80. jacunn2000 says: May 15, 2014 7:49 PM

    I like Austin. But he has a history of being injured. Hope he works out for you guys.

  81. bassplucker says: May 15, 2014 7:55 PM

    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.

  82. ytownie says: May 15, 2014 8:00 PM

    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.

  83. stonefish67 says: May 15, 2014 9:04 PM

    That’s not much of a pick up.
    Austin is at best a number 2 receiver.

  84. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 15, 2014 9:29 PM

    “If healthy” seems to always precede the name Miles Austin.

  85. drunkadamschefter says: May 15, 2014 9:31 PM

    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.

  86. Dogsweat says: May 15, 2014 10:20 PM

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

    Yea, he is pretty stoked.

  87. campcouch says: May 15, 2014 10:32 PM

    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.

  88. cursedvikings1998 says: May 15, 2014 11:56 PM

    He’ll be excellent for the 6 or 7 games that he is healthy this year.

  89. corvusmaximus says: May 16, 2014 12:47 AM

    Miles Austin, huh?

    If you’re happy, we’re happy.

  90. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 16, 2014 2:25 AM

    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

  91. lakedog19352 says: May 16, 2014 6:50 AM

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

  92. bengalskuta82 says: May 16, 2014 6:55 AM

    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.

  93. gpete1962 says: May 16, 2014 7:26 AM

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

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