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Browns announce addition of WR Bowe


The Cleveland Browns announced the signing of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Friday.

The team did not release terms, but it reportedly is a two-year deal.

The Kansas City Chiefs released Bowe last week after they signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a five-year, $55 million contract.

The Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2007, Bowe caught 532 passes for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns in eight years. He led the NFL with 10 touchdown catches in 2010.

However, his production had fallen off over the last three seasons. Last season, he caught just 60 passes for 754 yards and no touchdowns.

The Browns think he can help their offense, which is expected to be led by new quarterback Josh McCown.

“Dwayne is a player that adds a big, tough and physical presence to our group,” general manager Ray Farmer said. “His ability to play in high traffic areas of the field for contested catches is something we really like. We have talked about having a versatile group of wide receivers that can align and play from various positions, and he can do that. His position versatility to inside and outside numbers appeals to us in a variety of ways. We look forward to seeing how he will help our team.”

Bowe said he looks forward to playing in front of Cleveland fans.

“The Browns were the perfect situation from the fan base to the style of offense and the way I’ll be utilized to help the team go to the next level,” he said. “After eight years, you’re a pro’s pro. I’ve had every style of coaching, every personality. I’ve been through a lot and it’s going to make this transition a little easier because of what I’ve been through. The fan base is crazy just like Kansas City and is something I’m excited to be a part of. The positive energy I’m going to bring to the locker room is definitely going to take the Dawg Pound to the next level.”

Bowe figures to replace the suspended Josh Gordon as Cleveland’s top receiver. The Browns also have added former Miami Dolphin Brian Hartline and still have Andrew Hawkins, who caught 63 passes for 824 yards in 2014.

“These guys just want to play football. You don’t have any ego guys on that team,” Bowe said. “You’ve got guys that just want to come in and do their job and make the organization successful, and that’s all you ask for in a group, guys that want to come in and play their tail off. It doesn’t matter if they’re No. 1 or No. 2, as long as everyone is contributing. They just want to win. That’s something the organization definitely needs now is winning, and they’re putting in the right pieces to make that happen.”

Coach Mike Pettine said, “Dwayne brings a nice combination of size and speed to our wide receiver group. He is a veteran player that has been productive and caught a ton of footballs in this league. His size and catch radius make him very quarterback-friendly, and we are happy to add him to our team.”

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