Fourth-year wide receiver Greg Little has been released by the Cleveland Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday morning.
Little's release comes one day after the Browns agreed to terms with former Pro Bowl wide receiver Miles Austin and signed another experienced pass catcher in Earl Bennett.
In three years with the Browns, Little played in all 48 games and made 41 starts. During those games, he turned 155 receptions into 1,821 yards, averaged 11.7 yards per reception, and scored eight touchdowns. He also gained 30 yards on five rushing attempts.
"The young man's talented," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said of Little last weekend. "The question mark would then fall onto can he be consistent and do the things that he has physically demonstrated he can do at times? If he continues to do those things and add a level of consistency, the difference between being good and great is consistent.
"That's really the difference. If a guy shows you he can do anything, he shows you he can jump up and make the one-handed catch, he shows you he can break a tackle, the question is, can he repeatedly do that? And that's the difference between being average or marginal and good and great."
The release of Little not only came on the heels of the signings of veteran pass catchers, but also, last weekend's ESPN's Outside the Lines report that Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon failed an offseason drug test for the second straight year. Gordon's failed drug test could result in a year-long suspension from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Before Gordon's emergence as a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver last year, Little led the Browns in receptions in each of his first two NFL seasons.
Little caught 61 passes, which he turned into 709 yards and two touchdowns, during his rookie year in 2011, and followed it up with 53 catches for 647 yards and four scores in 2012.
Despite Gordon's record-setting season and the emergence of tight end Jordan Cameron in 2013, Little still caught 41 passes, gained 465 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.