Arizona Cardinals sign wide receiver who hasn't played an NFL game since 2014


Greg Little is getting another chance at the NFL.

The former Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who hasn’t played in an NFL game since Dec. 12, 2014, has signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Friday.

The Browns selected Little in the second round of the 2011 draft out of North Carolina, and he showed promise in his rookie season, catching 61 passes for 709 yards.

He failed to reach those numbers in his next two years, however, and Cleveland let him go in 2014.

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Little ended up in Cincinnati that season but played in only six games — and that would be the last NFL action he’d see. He didn’t make it onto the field for the Bengals in 2015 and was released in midseason.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver tried to come back with the Bills in 2016, but he was limited by a leg injury and was cut before the season began.

Now 29 years old, Little is giving it another shot, joining a Cardinals receiving corps that has future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald — and a bunch of other guys.

He acknowledges his career hasn’t lived up to what he dreamed it would be.

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“When you come in the league, everybody has high expectations,” Little said on Arizona’s website. “Everybody thinks they’re going to have this illustrious career. That’s not always the case.”

He jumped at the opportunity when the Cardinals offered him a tryout last month, and he made an immediate impression on coach Steve Wilks.

“He was out there making some plays,” Wilks said after seeing Little in action during rookie minicamp. “He stood out a little bit. It was good to be able to get him out here.”

After Little visited the team this week, Arizona decided to keep around.

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“I think he has tremendous talent, but most importantly right here, is just a chance for him to be able to step up and see what we can do with him,” Wilks said Wednesday, according to KTAR-FM in Phoenix.

To make room for Little on the roster, the Cardinals released wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, whom they had claimed off waivers from Houston in March.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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