Browns release Greg Little

AP

The Browns brought in a pair of veteran receivers this week, but they’re reportedly closing it out by cutting a different one.

PFT has learned that the Browns are parting ways with Greg Little. The move leaves the newly signed Miles Austin and Earl Bennett to go with Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson and Travis Benjamin at wideout with Josh Gordon facing a suspension.

Little was a second-round pick of the team in 2011 and has started 41-of-48 regular season games since joining the team, but he seemed to steadily fall out of favor last season on his way to 41 catches for 465 yards and two touchdowns. Drops have been an issue for Little over the years and, despite the starting role, he never developed into the receiver the Browns were hoping to get when they drafted him.

There were reports that last year’s Browns regime was planning to proceed without Little before the Browns decided to proceed without them. He clearly didn’t make much in the way of a positive impression on the new decision makers either if they were willing to wash their hands of Little even with Gordon likely out of the picture.

Little may get another look this summer, but getting cut from this receiver group isn’t the best omen for a long NFL career.

84 responses to “Browns release Greg Little

  1. Addition by subtraction. Little was a liability on the field. The last thing a young QB needs is a receiver who drops a perfectly thrown pass. It’s a confidence killer.

  2. So… it wasn’t all Brandon Weeden’s fault?!?

    WR Josh Gordon SUSPENDED
    WR Greg Little RELEASED
    WR Fozzy Whittaker RELEASED
    WR Davone Bess RELEASED (and institutionalized)

    Yeah… it’s ALLLLLLLL Brandon Weeden’s fault.

  3. Sad to see but it is overdue. I can’t count the amount of drives he’s killed with his inability to hold on to the football. I do know this though, if you’re a DB or a LB you had better have your head on a swivel around this guy on running plays downfield. He’ll jack you up!

  4. Ray Farmer was a member of the Eagles during the James Thrash/Todd Pinkston days…….so he’s accustomed to being affiliated w/ teams that either don’t value the receiver position or are comfy with second rate talent at the position.

  5. EVERYTIME , a new set of coaches and or a new GM comes in players are let go that surface on new teams and they do well.

    I am not saying Greg “little” Fingers is that man, but this staff will let someone go who they shouldn’t. It happens EVERYTIME.

    Sorry to yell.
    Enjoy the weekend

  6. Generally, when comments about drops are made, I tend to say “everyone is entitled to their opinion”, but when it is absolutely unanimous from fans, there is a much better chance they are correct. I hope he finds the answer.

  7. This is very short-sighted. Next time the Browns’ locker room has one of those H1N1 viruses, Little would be important to have around since he won’t catch that either.

  8. Bad pick by the Holmgren regime. From everything I’ve heard, Greg Little is a hard worker and a good guy, but unfortunately, he just can’t cut it in the NFL. NFL is for the best- and when you’re a receiver who can’t catch, you won’t last that long. At least he was less of a bust than AJ Jenkins.

  9. receiver core is looking ridiculous?

    Your star receive could miss the whole season. You have an unproven rookie and a bunch of mediocre and injury prone receivers.

    All you have in guarantees is a TE that will produce.

  10. Dropsies but this guy is super physical & could help the run game as a rotational guy. He’ll definitely get a good shot somewhere with the tools he has.

  11. This move is premature. Bring Little to training camp. If unproductive then release him. This receiver group has too many question marks to be eliminating someone at this time. Competition! I know! Dropped too many balls. W/O the idiot Gordon what overwhelming commodity is on this group? There all just pieces that have to prove themselves. Bunch of #3 receivers.

  12. Brandon Weeden doesn’t read defenses well, has poor footwork and pocket presence, and doesn’t protect the football. Jerrah likes him because he’s from Oklahoma… Quit blaming others…

  13. Whenever I see Greg Little’s name(possibly never again at this point) I’ll forever think of that Angry Browns Fan christmas tune about him(to the theme of Feliz Navidad):

    “Release Greg Little (x3)/ His hands are broke / he can’t catch the baaaaaaall”

  14. Good its about time…its ironic the one with the great work ethic but no talent didn,t pan out.The one with all the talent but who could not stop himself from the forbidden apple is gone at least for the year…I will say it first..They have a guy named Charles Johnson 6’2” tall 215 lbs and 4.38 all day long speed. They like him so much last year they gave him a 4 year contract.He was out from Oct of last Year and really didn’t play anyway.G.B. missed he had a slight ACL tear and was very upset when we snagged him,,,Trader Ray,s deal…Johnson was a bi time playmaker and all you have to do is wait…Its inna be fun to watch…

  15. This guy was going to be a top 15 pick, a better and faster Hakeem Nicks. Then he got gifts from an agent and lost his eligibility. After sitting out one year and declaring for the draft, he must have been pleased to still be a 2nd round pick. What a shame he got drafted into that Cleveland QB dumpster fire situation.

  16. Farmer: Johnny, I want you to meet Stan Stinson.
    Manziel: Who?
    Farmer: The Ball boy.
    Manziel: ah, ok.
    Farmer:…your new #1 Receiver.

  17. 1. I wouldnt want to play in cleveland, so my efforts would be minimal
    2. Regardless of his drops, his production and development has been limited due to the worst management of any sports franchise
    3. Not one nfl caliber pass was thrown that dudes way.
    4. He will shine after he takes the Art Modell Express to Bmore!

  18. What a list of jobbers! The only one worth his salt is Austin but the guy pulls his hammy just reaching down for the TV remote when he drops it.

  19. lol its cute to see how excited Browns fans are right now. I think they actually really think they are going to the playoffs this year lol. its sad and funny at the same time.

  20. Steelers will take him. Who do they have behind Brown? DHB (a guy Andrew Luck couldn’t make good)… and it goes downhill from there.

  21. What exactly is the deal in Cleveland? Don’t they know they need to score points in order to win games?

  22. Wasn’t Heckert the one that declared “We don’t need any WR’s,” after one of his drafts?

    Another example of Heckert’s “Jack Daniels” draft picks.

  23. STRAIGHTUPGREATMOVE! Maybe Mr. Little will learn from his experience here and not diss the fans of his next team in the Arena League or wherever minor place he goes.

  24. So… it wasn’t all Brandon Weeden’s fault?!?

    WR Josh Gordon SUSPENDED
    WR Greg Little RELEASED
    WR Fozzy Whittaker RELEASED
    WR Davone Bess RELEASED (and institutionalized)

    Yeah… it’s ALLLLLLLL Brandon Weeden’s fault.
    —————————————–

    Hoyer 3-0, Weeden 0-7 with the same cast…..

  25. The Earl Bennett signing sealed Little’s fate. Bennett isn’t as exciting as Little, but he is a heck of a lot more reliable.

  26. Now who will let everyone know that they just caught a pass for a first down like they just caught the game winning touchdown in the Super bowl even though they’re actually down by 20 points? He will totally be missed…

  27. The new Cleveland regime has some brains. Greg Little was the Roberto Duran of the NFL-‘man with hands of stone’!

  28. All these people treating him like a piece of crap, have you people learned anything in the pitiful years we have had, these owners and front office people in Cleveland are all losers and the crappy coaching staff, are the ones to blame for crappy teams, Little could have been good if we had a good GM and a good coaching staff, But look what we have had over the years and now this coaching staff is considered the worst in the league, and your ragging on the player, What fools we have in Cleveland, Time you people smarten up, OWNER,GM, and Coaching staff stink, and we know they make the wrong moves all the time, Pray our Team wins 1 game this year, Because I just do not seeing us winning many, 10 more years of crap on the way

  29. Just for comparison’s sake…

    Seattle’s leading receivers last year. Not exactly a who’s who list and Lynch was their 3rd leading receiver.

    1. Golden Tate – 64 for 898
    2. Doug Baldwin – 50 for 778
    3. Marshawn Lynch – 36 for 316

    And here is Pittsburgh’s receivers heading into this season. Brown has proved to be good but I certainly wouldn’t rank this very much higher than the Browns group.

    1. Antonio Brown
    2. Darrius Heyward-Bey
    3. Markus Wheaton
    4. Lance Moore
    5. Plaxico Burress

    You don’t necessarily need Megatron’s to play winning football. Ask Lion’s fans…

  30. That’s too bad, I liked watching him drop passes and celebrate every catch he made.

  31. Greg Little may prove to be a diamond in the rough for some team, and a fresh start could only help him.

    I’m a Browns fan, and I’ve watched him play. The guy could block. When the guy did catch, he had good run-after-catch yards. And maybe if the QB throwing to him didn’t keep throwing the ball behind him like Weeden and Campbell did, who knows, that might have helped.

    It’s easy to pick on the guy. And I’m not surprised Farmer let him go. But I don’t think he’s ready for the trash heap.

    Good luck to you, Greg Little.

    – Browns fan

  32. ronketonk

    Oh really? Lets see where they end up at the end of the year shall we?

    You have signed Miles ” oh my hammy Austin” and Earl Bennet. When those are your back up plan….you’re in deep trouble.

  33. Jim Irsay called and said Cleveland just didn’t use him right. Colts need to offer him huge money now that Andrew Lucks favorite target for dropping passes Darrius Heyward Bay is gone.

  34. audient says: May 16, 2014 5:34 PM

    Greg Little may prove to be a diamond in the rough for some team, and a fresh start could only help him.

    I’m a Browns fan, and I’ve watched him play. The guy could block. When the guy did catch, he had good run-after-catch yards. And maybe if the QB throwing to him didn’t keep throwing the ball behind him like Weeden and Campbell did, who knows, that might have helped.

    It’s easy to pick on the guy. And I’m not surprised Farmer let him go. But I don’t think he’s ready for the trash heap.

    Good luck to you, Greg Little.

    – Browns fan
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    Problem with your “blame the QB” logic as convenient as it may be is that if you watched the pro bowl this past year two guys who competed caught lots of passes from both those QB’s with no problem (Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordan).

    It’s hard to blame the QB when the guy who replaces you on the same team playing with the same QB’s goes on to lead the league in receiving yards and probably would have broke the single season record had it not been for a two game suspension.

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