Browns Release WR Antonio Callaway

The Browns have released wide receiver Antonio Callaway, per a club announcement. Meanwhile, Callaway is facing, and appealing, a ten-game suspension for another violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, sources tell NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). While that’s a major factor in the team’s decision to cut him, Rapoport hears that it is not the only reason the team waived him.

The Browns drafted Callaway in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, opting to roll the dice on an extremely talented player who had multiple red flags off the field. At times, that talent has shown. Last year, he clicked with Baker Mayfield and finished out with 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns. This year, however, his off-the-field problems reappeared – the NFL suspended Callaway for the first four games of the year after violating the substance abuse policy and he’s now looking at an additional ten-game ban.

The Browns benched Callaway against the Bills on Sunday for reasons that head coach Freddie Kitchens did not disclose. Days later, Callaway is out of a job. Per league rules, he’ll hit the waiver wire as a post-trade deadline cut. In his four games this year, Callaway registered eight catches off of 15 targets for 89 yards and zero TDs.

In a related move, the Browns have activated offensive lineman Drew Forbes. Forbes, a sixth-round pick, is now set to debut after recovering from a knee injury suffered late in the offseason.

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      • No, but they knew what they were getting when they drafted him. I guess, in the words of winning winner Baker Mayfield, they forgot that you have to win in this league.

        What a clown.

        • deal1122

          Bingo. Sufferfortribe, normally I agree with everything you’re saying on here, but the browns continue to know what they’re getting themselves into when they draft these guys

            • BuckarooBanzai

              … because The Browns are the only team with weed smokers right?

              What’s the name of that former player who’s Mr CBD now? … did he play for the Browns?

              Weed = Pariah

              Beat your girlfriend?
              Punch a woman in a bar?
              … not so much

  1. So sad he gets busted for something that will probably go away in the next CBA.

  2. jorge78

    Does he have to be on a teams roster for his missed games to count? If a team picked him up does he count against the 53 man roster or can a team put him on some kind of restricted list?

  3. jb19

    I’m glad the browns did away with him. This guy can’t figure it out. He has more issues than “just weed”, the guy shows up late, gets arrested, etc.

  4. jawn

    I know the Eagles are desperate for a WR, but are they “Antonio Callaway desperate”?

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