Austin is just 29, but an assortment of lingering ailments have kept him off the field and contributed greatly to his departure from the Cowboys in March. Bennett, who has just 185 career catches in six seasons with the Bears, was released by the team this offseason after refusing to take a pay cut.
Still, the Browns have to take a chance. They just drafted Johnny Manziel and boast one of the best receivers in the league, but Josh Gordon is facing a potential suspension. The wide receiver group after Gordon leaves much to be desired: the unproven Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson, who once again is on the mend with a broken arm, and the pedestrian Greg Little.
Austin, a two-time Pro Bowl wideout, adds size, a sure pair of hands and dynamic route-running to the corps. Bennett has experience in the slot. Manziel and Co. will have to hope at least one of the new veteran additions pans out.