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Bowe knows bench: Pettine says WRs are 'entrenched'

The Cleveland Browns signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a two-year contract in March that included $9 million in guaranteed money. It continues to have the appearance of one of the worst deals in franchise history.

Bowe remains an afterthought in Cleveland, listed as inactive in four of the team's six games this season. On Wednesday, Browns coach Mike Pettine didn't exactly hint that a Bowe revival was on the way.

"We make that decision each week," Pettine told WKRK-FM of Bowe's inactive status. "We build a plan and see where we are from a depth standpoint. We talk about the minimum position requirements. The top-four guys are entrenched."

Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins and Brian Hartline are all established on Cleveland's offense, which has averaged a respectable 23.5 points per game, ranking the unit 12th in the NFL. Bowe has played just 12 snaps and has yet to make a catch.

The 31-year-old Bowe isn't a special teams contributor either, which makes him nothing more than a multi-million dollar insurance policy for Pettine's offense. This will be a topic general manager Ray Farmer will hope to avoid in his year-end review.

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