Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Greg Little is looking forward to this Thursday's home game against his former team, the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns released Little in May after three turbulent seasons with the team, and Little hasn't forgotten about it.
“Somebody has to pay,” Little told reporters, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Little was cut despite the Browns having a number of unproven receivers and with star Josh Gordon facing a suspension.
The former second-round pick did not appreciate how his release was handled.
“I was coming in to a new coaching staff I was growing towards and they were looking at me to come in and play well,” Little said. “I had a great relationship with them and the front office decided to go in another direction. Hopefully I’ll make them pay.”
Drafted by the Browns in 2011, Little had 41 receptions for 465 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. His production had decreased each season he was in Cleveland.
He remained unsigned until Oct. 14, when he was picked up by the Bengals.
Little played 60 percent of Cincinnati’s offensive snaps Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars and has four receptions for 55 yards since joining the Bengals.
Little also claimed that Browns coach Mike Pettine didn't speak to him.
“No, I didn’t get along with Pettine. Pettine doesn’t talk to any of his players,” Little said, according to the report. “You will walk past him in the hallway and he doesn’t even speak to you so to have that type of relationship for a coach is kind of odd.
“I can’t go out and say that I’m going to lay it on the line for a guy that won’t even speak to me if we are the only two people in the hallway.”
- Phil Watson