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Browns release Greg Little

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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.

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  1. NoobTubeTV says: May 16, 2014 11:05 AM

    Keep it up Mr. Farmer!

    GO BROWNS

  2. joeflaccoallday says: May 16, 2014 11:06 AM

    Bust.

  3. jerruhjones says: May 16, 2014 11:06 AM

    Cleveland making all the right moves…finally!

    Go Browns!!!

  4. spunjmunke says: May 16, 2014 11:06 AM

    Try not to drop your walking papers on your way out the door.

  5. coonsqualler says: May 16, 2014 11:07 AM

    They said he dropped his bag when he was walking out of Farmers office.

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!

  6. gregpicken says: May 16, 2014 11:08 AM

    I bet he dropped the pink slip.

  7. kosarkid says: May 16, 2014 11:08 AM

    Honestly didn’t think that this was going to happen this year because of the Josh Gordon thing.

  8. clebrowns216 says: May 16, 2014 11:10 AM

    It’s about time. What good is a wide receiver who can’t receive?

    That being said, our receiving core is looking ridiculous right now.

  9. jermainewiggins says: May 16, 2014 11:10 AM

    Well I definitely wasnt expecting to see this today….

  10. youtubeingravenvids says: May 16, 2014 11:11 AM

    Wow. NO ONE in the world saw this coming…..wink wink.

  11. dslproductions says: May 16, 2014 11:11 AM

    Long overdue!

  12. jbaxt says: May 16, 2014 11:11 AM

    If it weren’t for the Raiders the Browns would hold the “man they suck” distinction without any competition.

  13. pj1983a says: May 16, 2014 11:12 AM

    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.

  14. dtp1056 says: May 16, 2014 11:13 AM

    ABOUT TIME!!!!

  15. barsfordays says: May 16, 2014 11:15 AM

    Smart choice. This guy couldnt catch a cold

  16. phillytailgater says: May 16, 2014 11:15 AM

    I wonder why they didn’t try to trade him to Indy for a second rounder? Indy would do it I bet.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: May 16, 2014 11:16 AM

    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.

  18. crip2nite says: May 16, 2014 11:17 AM

    In the NFl, Greg will do very little :-D

  19. vikes89allday says: May 16, 2014 11:17 AM

    This guy is decent not great but any team would get a steal if they signed him we’ll see we’re he ends up…

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 16, 2014 11:17 AM

    It does say something considering Miles Austin will only be good for a few games a season.

  21. greeksensation says: May 16, 2014 11:18 AM

    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!

  22. upperdecker19 says: May 16, 2014 11:18 AM

    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.

  23. lenbias34pt says: May 16, 2014 11:18 AM

    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

  24. mikelitoris1 says: May 16, 2014 11:19 AM

    But… but… he’s Mr. Dependable!

  25. insanelomein2 says: May 16, 2014 11:19 AM

    He’ll end up in Indy where Irsay will send out cryptic tweets saying they just landed the next Jerry Rice.

  26. kwjsb says: May 16, 2014 11:21 AM

    What took so long?

  27. jamaalcharlesincharge says: May 16, 2014 11:22 AM

    Browns fans think they’re going to the playoffs.. LOL…

  28. stew48 says: May 16, 2014 11:23 AM

    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.

  29. largent80 says: May 16, 2014 11:23 AM

    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.

  30. mutantman87 says: May 16, 2014 11:24 AM

    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.

  31. NoobTubeTV says: May 16, 2014 11:26 AM

    Next stop… Dallas.

  32. pwebster919 says: May 16, 2014 11:27 AM

    I bet Carolina gives him a look.

  33. moagecu says: May 16, 2014 11:28 AM

    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.

  34. tipdrill84 says: May 16, 2014 11:29 AM

    Only guy to give Troy Williamson a run for his money as worst hands in NFL history.

  35. officialgame says: May 16, 2014 11:29 AM

    This is talk show caller Otis from Cleveland calling in:

    “Now that we got us a dam QB who the hell is he going to throw the dam ball to”?

  36. @Cereal_22 says: May 16, 2014 11:30 AM

    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.

  37. lbcoach34 says: May 16, 2014 11:31 AM

    he was a guard playing WR – great blocker

  38. fleaman1381 says: May 16, 2014 11:31 AM

    Finally. I couldn’t even make him good playing Madden…

  39. bnatale11 says: May 16, 2014 11:31 AM

    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.

  40. cguy7 says: May 16, 2014 11:31 AM

    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…

  41. mjk2u says: May 16, 2014 11:32 AM

    Little’s chances of making the team this year were Small…………….da dum dum

  42. lightcleric says: May 16, 2014 11:33 AM

    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”

  43. beezer240 says: May 16, 2014 11:35 AM

    The Browns should have turned Little into a def. Back. He already lead the Browns in balls batted down!

  44. ballboy48 says: May 16, 2014 11:35 AM

    I wonder if he dropped his release papers.

  45. doctorrustbelt says: May 16, 2014 11:38 AM

    I TOLD YOU SO (for the past two seasons) ! ! !

  46. Matt dog from C-town says: May 16, 2014 11:40 AM

    More good news from the ” Factory of Gladness”

  47. panamajimmy54 says: May 16, 2014 11:41 AM

    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…

  48. DawgPound83 says: May 16, 2014 11:47 AM

    Only Phil Taylor is left from the Julio Jones trade. What an epic fail.

  49. crownofthehelmet says: May 16, 2014 11:49 AM

    Bengals will take him.

  50. ariani1985 says: May 16, 2014 11:50 AM

    Come to green bay and enjoy the clown music!

  51. patriotsdefense says: May 16, 2014 12:06 PM

    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.

  52. wallydippins says: May 16, 2014 12:15 PM

    In Farmer We Trust!

  53. drsummeroff says: May 16, 2014 12:21 PM

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

  54. thebirdsareback says: May 16, 2014 12:25 PM

    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!

  55. xinellum says: May 16, 2014 12:26 PM

    Looks to me like another person that Cam Newton will be throwing to.

  56. drsummeroff says: May 16, 2014 12:28 PM

    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.

  57. jr325 says: May 16, 2014 12:32 PM

    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.

  58. cincyalldaway says: May 16, 2014 12:37 PM

    I just read that the Steelers are in negotiations with this turd right now. WOW!

  59. thegenoatkinsdiet says: May 16, 2014 12:38 PM

    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.

  60. ghost26 says: May 16, 2014 12:43 PM

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

  61. oldcracker says: May 16, 2014 12:43 PM

    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.

  62. astigmatism? football? why not both. says: May 16, 2014 12:53 PM

    greg little says no biggie

  63. gallogj says: May 16, 2014 12:58 PM

    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.

  64. ibreathefootball says: May 16, 2014 1:44 PM

    Little played his first 2 years as a RB at UNC, averaging 4.85 yards per carry. He weighs 220lbs, runs a 4.53, with a 40.5 vert. Someone will pick him up.

  65. fiegln says: May 16, 2014 1:45 PM

    2014 Miami Dolphins WR’s:
    1-Wallace
    2-Hartline
    3-Landry
    4-Little
    5-Hazel
    6-Wooten

  66. kingkornkahn says: May 16, 2014 1:56 PM

    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…..

  67. bassplucker says: May 16, 2014 2:03 PM

    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.

  68. dirtydrynn27 says: May 16, 2014 2:07 PM

    Are the Browns really depending on Myles Austin????? Those are the worst hamstrings in the history of the. NFL!!!!

  69. clevefan1 says: May 16, 2014 2:26 PM

    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…

  70. lagg1 says: May 16, 2014 2:46 PM

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

  71. bohste says: May 16, 2014 2:49 PM

    Greg Little should have remained a running back.

  72. bigtime1957 says: May 16, 2014 3:00 PM

    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

  73. osage44 says: May 16, 2014 3:20 PM

    The Browns are just too pathetic.

  74. ronketonk says: May 16, 2014 3:34 PM

    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…

  75. jonevans511 says: May 16, 2014 4:10 PM

    For a dude who drops so many balls, I’m shocked that his balls still haven’t dropped.

  76. billsfan1 says: May 16, 2014 4:48 PM

    Why keep your busts at wr when you can sign other teams failures

  77. ihatethejets23 says: May 16, 2014 4:55 PM

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

  78. tomtravis76 says: May 16, 2014 5:10 PM

    Greg little will head back to NC. Cam can work with him.

  79. 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

  80. bucfanforlife says: May 16, 2014 6:08 PM

    welcome to new england

  81. millikensteeler says: May 16, 2014 6:27 PM

    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.

  82. mrfrostyj says: May 16, 2014 8:09 PM

    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.

  83. mrfrostyj says: May 16, 2014 8:20 PM

    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
    —————————————————-

    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.

  84. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 16, 2014 10:37 PM

    This release was about 3 yrs too late but at least hes gone. One of the worst WRs i have ever seen

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