The Cleveland Browns announced on Thursday afternoon that they waived wide receiver Antonio Callaway. To fill his roster spot, the team officially activated offensive lineman Drew Forbes.
We've activated OL Drew Forbes from injured reserve and waived WR Antonio Callaway
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 14, 2019
Callaway was the team’s fourth round pick last season out of Florida and came with baggage after a troubled time at the University of Florida. He also failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine with a diluted sample.
His rookie season did show promise with 43 catches, 586 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. The expectation coming into this season would that he’d be the third or fourth receiver behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry alongside Rashard Higgins.
However, Callaway was suspended the first four games of the season after violating the substance abuse policy. Once he returned to the field though, you can tell he wasn’t fully committed to football whether it was running wrong routes or dropping passes. In four games he had just eight catches for 89 yards.
Things came to ahead this past Sunday when he arrived late to the stadium for the team’s matchup against Buffalo. Callaway was inactive for the game.
Now the team will move forward without him and you have to wonder which team will take a chance on the talented, yet troubled receiver.