In a somewhat shocking move just hours before they face off in a primetime game with the Steelers, the Browns have waive second-year wide receiver Antonio Callaway according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.
This was probably always how it was going to end for Callaway in Cleveland, or any NFL city for that matter. Physically a first-round talent, Callaway missed his final season at Florida due to several off-the-field incidents and fell to the fourth round in 2018 because of a litany of off-the-field concerns. He then proceeded to earn a four-game substance-abuse ban to begin 2019. When he was on the field, Callaway flashed serious big-play ability but committed more mistakes. A recent final straw was Callaway showing up late to a meeting last week, which earned him a Week 10 healthy scratch.
Callaway posted 51 catches for 675 yards and five touchdowns in his time with the Browns.
Still only 22 years old, Callaway will probably get a second NFL chance, but his NFL future is dim. His off-the-field issues coupled with his gaffe-prone play will have him on the edge of whatever 53-man roster he ends up on.
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