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Miles Austin Not a Terrible Option at WR For Cleveland Browns

Miles Austin

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns need help at WR because of the rumored looming suspension of Josh Gordon. They also need help at WR because of their new franchise star and QB, Johnny Manziel. The Browns added some help on Thursday by inking free agent Miles Austin.

You may remember Austin from his time on the Dallas Cowboys sidelines. It seems like that’s where he spent the majority of his career in Big D, mainly because of hamstring problems.

After two outstanding seasons in 2009 and 2010, Austin’s career began to derail. During the peak of his career he was hauling 80 passes for 1300 yards and 11 TDs. During the low point last season, he managed to catch just 24 passes and failed to find the end zone.

He’s definitely a guy who’s fallen a long way.

But on the brighter side of things, Austin is still just 29-years of age. While his days of 1,000-yard seasons are probably in the rearview mirror, he in theory could still be a solid contributor for the Browns.

Of course, that’s all if he can stay healthy. Unfortunately there’s nothing about the last couple of years that makes you think he’ll all of a sudden be able to stay on the field in 2014.

But given all the circumstances in Cleveland right now, this is a solid low-risk move for the Browns. For a last place teams that’s about to lose it’s top WR — why not give Austin a try?

Fans should set the bar low with the eight-year veteran and hope the change of scenery serves him well.