According to cleveland.com, the Cleveland Browns have signed three time All SEC wide receiver, Earl Bennett to a contract. Although the Cleveland Browns have yet to confirm the transaction, many sources have confirmed that they have acquired the former Chicago Bear.
Bennett is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and attended Vanderbilt University where he set an SEC Conference record of 236 career receptions, and had 75 receptions in three different seasons. The 27 year old had 2,852 yards receiving during his tenure at Vanderbilt where he has a list of well deserved accolades. His breakout game was against the Richmond Spiders in which he had 223 receiving yards.
The Browns will be the second team that Bennett has played for since being drafted into the NFL in 2008 by the Chicago Bears. In his first year, he did not catch a pass and rode the bench for the most part. The following years 2009-13 with the Chicago Bears, Bennett had 185 receptions with 2,277 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
Because Bennett who last season had 32 receptions for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns, refused to take a pay cut in his salary, the Chicago Bears thought it best to release him.