The Cleveland Browns are largely known to be a bit of a joke of a franchise, with their recent drafting and free agency signings being massively panned.
The Browns gave wide receiver Dwayne Bowe $9million guaranteed over two years in this off-season and have decided not to use him at all, while former 1st round draft picks Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert are both close to being cut after less than two seasons in the league.
Things are about to get a lot worse for the Browns reputation, as it has been revealed that they twice passed up on the chance of drafting Odell Beckham Jr. even though they knew Josh Gordon was going to be suspended.
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Cleveland held the fourth overall pick on Draft night and had plenty of options after Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson and Blake Bortles went in the top three. They traded the pick to the Buffalo Bills, who took the first wide receiver off the board in Sammy Watkins.
The season before, the Browns second and third best receivers were Greg Little and Devone Bess, who combined for less than 800 yards.
Went With Gilbert
The Browns needed a receiver, but with the 8th overall pick they drafted Justin Gilbert, the aforementioned failure who could be cut at the end of this season.
The Giants picked Odell Beckham 13th overall. Josh Gordon's suspension was announced the next day and he's played just five times in the two seasons after the draft. Cleveland's wide receiving corps now consists of Brian Hartline, Travis Benjamin and...erm...Taylor Gabriel.
Beckham, on the other hand, has become a sensation, one of the hottest young players in the entire league. Even he could make Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown look good. Alas, Odell is in New York and the Browns are still the factory of sadness.
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