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Oakland Raiders claim former Browns receiver Greg Little off waivers

Oakland Raiders claim former Browns WR Greg Little off waiversGreg Little (center) caught just 13 passes during the Browns' seven-game losing streak to end 2013. (Carlos M. Saavedra/SI)

Greg Little was the forgotten man in the Browns' ongoing offseason shuffle at wide receiver, but after being waived by Cleveland on Friday, the fourth-year pro landed in a somewhat less unsettled receiving corps farther west when he was claimed by the Oakland Raiders on Monday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and multiple other reports.

Little joins former Packer James Jones as offseason acquisitions at wideout for the Raiders, who didn't select a receiver with any of their eight picks in the 2014 draft. Rod Streater led Oakland receivers in 2013 with 60 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns.

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When Little was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2011 draft, the team had big plans for the North Carolina product. Little didn't disappoint early on, putting up impressive numbers during his rookie season in spite of inconsistent quarterback play.

Little endured a slight dip in his numbers during his second year as a pro, but the wide receiver still looked poised to be a solid foundational piece. That quickly changed when he struggled during his third season and was released earlier this month after two seasons of dwindling numbers.

The Carolina Panthers, who remain in desperate need of wide receiver help, were reportedly keeping their eye on Greg Little following his departure from Cleveland.
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