Browns activate Drew Forbes, releases Antonio Callaway
On the day that the Cleveland Browns will face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football, they are making a pretty critical roster move. According to Ian Rapoport, Cleveland is activating Drew Forbes to their roster while releasing Antonio Callaway.
Not long after the news came out of Callaway’s release, Josina Anderson of ESPN shed some light on why the Browns chose to make the move.
I was just told the #Browns had discussions this morning on Antonio Callaway's status. When I asked why are they releasing the WR, I was told "too many issues," per source.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 14, 2019
While looking at reports, it appears that tardiness and other issues led to him being released. It also doesn’t help that he is facing a 10-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy for the second time.
Before the 2019 season began, Calloway was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The suspension likely stemmed from him having a diluted drug-test sample during the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Browns drafted Calloway in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Florida. Throughout the draft process, there were character concerns for the speedy wideout.
In his rookie campaign, Calloway contributed 43 receptions for 586 yards and five touchdowns. The expectation was for him to be the slot receiver in the offense alongside Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in 2019.
However, his four-game suspension ruined the opportunity he was going to be given. As a result, the sophomore receiver has only totaled eight receptions for 89 yards in four games this year.
With Calloway on his way out, Cleveland has now traded or released three of their draft picks from 2018.