The Cleveland Browns must cut ties with impending free agent Mohamed Massaquoi.
A second-round pick in 2009, Massaquoi failed to live up to expectations. He has never caught more than 36 passes in a season and was limited to nine games last year due to knee injuries. Massaquoi has corralled a mere 7 touchdown passes despite starting 43 games in his career. The Browns may be thin at the wide receiver position, but it is clear they need to look in another direction for a wide-out, rather than re-signing the inconsistent Massaquoi.
Massaquoi appeared to be a decent option at wide receiver after a promising rookie year. He caught 34 passes for 624 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games and was looking like the eventual No. 1 receiver replacement for Braylon Edwards, who the Browns dealt to the New York Jets that season. But since his rookie campaign, Massaquoi has caught just four touchdown passes and has had trouble staying on the field, making him expendable.
Josh Gordon and Greg Little are the best receivers on the current Browns roster. Gordon, a second-round pick in last year’s supplemental draft, caught five touchdown passes and totaled 805 receiving yards in his rookie season. Gordon emerged as a deep ball threat, averaging a remarkable 16.1 yards per catch. Gordon could thrive in the system of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, which emphasizes the down-field passing attack.
Greg Little amassed 647 receiving yards and four touchdowns receptions in his second year in the NFL. Little is a gifted player, but he drops the ball way too frequently and sometimes the 23-year old receiver looks unfocused on plays. Still, Little and the talented Gordon are much better options at receiver than Massaquoi going forward for the Browns. The Browns should look towards the draft and free agency to bolster their wide receiving corps rather than bring Massaquoi back into the fold.