Browns HC Mike Pettine told reporters on Monday that releasing veteran WR Dwayne Bowe has not been discussed, despite the fact that he was a healthy scratch this past weekend, per Mary Kay Cabot.
Instead, Pettine said that they expect him him to contribute at some point this season.
Over the weekend, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that some members of the Browns’ coaching staff would prefer to move on from Bowe.
However, his contract is apparently preventing them from cutting him loose, seeing as Bowe has $9 million guaranteed in salary the next two years.
Many were puzzled as to why the Browns would be willing to pay him this kind of money after he was cut by the Chiefs. Although, Bowe has ties to Browns general manager Ray Farmer, and the team had to find some receiver help this year.
Bowe, 30, signed a two-year, $12.5 million contract that included $9 million guaranteed with the Browns.
In 2014, Bowe appeared in 15 games for the Chiefs and caught 60 passes for 754 yards receiving and no touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 45 receiver out of 110 qualifying players.