Berea, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Browns have beefed up their receiving corps, signing free-agent pass-catchers Miles Austin and Earl Bennett.
The Browns made the signings amid reports that star wideout Josh Gordon is facing a season-long suspension due to a positive drug test.
Without Gordon, the Browns have Andrew Hawkins, the oft-injured Nate Burleson and Greg Little.
Originally signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2006, the 6-2, 215-pound Austin is entering his ninth NFL season.
Austin appeared in 106 games with the Cowboys. He has totaled 301 receptions for 4,481 yards with 34 touchdowns en route to two Pro Bowl selections (2009-10).
In 2009, Austin had a breakout season in which he led the Cowboys in receiving yards (1,320) and touchdowns (11), while recording a career-high 81 receptions. The following year, he registered a team-high 1,041 receiving yards on 69 catches with seven scores.
Last season, Austin appeared in 11 games with eight starts and totaled 24 receptions for 244 yards.
Originally a third-round draft pick by Chicago, the 5-11, 209-pound Bennett is entering his seventh NFL season.
He has appeared in 78 games with 29 starts all with the Bears. He has totaled 185 receptions for 2,277 yards with 12 touchdowns. In 2013, he recorded 32 receptions for 243 yards with four touchdowns in 15 games.