. - Just a week ago, Pep Hamilton, the Browns' new quarterbacks coach (and Hue Jackson's associate head coach) was asked if the Browns
have any playmakers.
"Travis Benjamin" Hamilton immediately answered, citing Benjamin's speed.
Well, apparently Benjamin's going to sprint right out of town. According to the NFL Network on Tuesday, contract talks between the Browns and Benjamin have broken off.
The network attributed Benjamin's agent, Ronald Butler, who just a few weeks ago hinted that a deal with the Browns was very close. Instead, the two sides reportedly can't reach a deal, and Benjamin will test the free agent market on March 9th.
Benjamin's hitting the market at the right time. He's coming off a career year, with 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns. His departure would leave the Browns without a deep threat, unless Josh Gordon is reinstated by the NFL and finally proves he can be reliable.
Benjamin can start talking with other teams on March 7th, two days before free agency begins. Considering the numbers he put up last season, and the weak class of receivers in this year's NFL Draft, he likely won't have to wait very long for a strong offer.
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