The Cleveland Browns haven't had the greatest of starts to the 2015 NFL season, to say the least.
Following a loss to the Oakland Raiders at the weekend, the Browns now find themselves with a 1-2 record and a quarterback situation that is all but hopeless thanks to Josh McCown's baseline competence and not much else style, and Johnny Manziel's boom-or-bust play.
To try and help their offense, the Browns brought in experienced wide receiver Dwayne Bowe in free agency. But, Bowe hasn't been playing and his status is up in the air. Mike Pettine has now come out and spoken on the matter.
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The Browns seemingly don’t want to play Bowe, but that doesn’t mean the franchise don’t want him on their roster at all.
That was the message from head coach Mike Pettine on Monday, a day after the Browns made Bowe a healthy scratch for their loss to the Raiders. Bowe was inactive for the opening game of the season because of a hamstring issue, but was active for Week Two against the Titans.
“No. It’s a long season,” Pettine said, according to Cleveland.com. “It hasn’t started out the way that we’ve all — including Dwayne — wanted it to but we’re confident that we’ll get him contributing here sooner than later.”
Bowe only played eight snaps in that game against the Titans and wasn’t on the injury report at all leading up to week three, which suggests that the Browns don’t have much interest in playing someone they just gave a huge $9 million in guaranteed money, which is odd to say the least.
Pettine went on to add that a need for bodies on defense and special teams led them to pass on Bowe, and that the team isn’t thinking about cutting ties with the veteran.