Report: Browns out of Plaxico sweepstakes

The likelihood of free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress landing in the AFC North was slim to begin with. But it appears the one team which could have made a push in the division is out of the running.

A league source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer the Browns will not pursue Burress in free agency. The receiver was released from jail this week and will return to football for the first time since the 2008 season once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

Cleveland has the thinnest group of receivers in the AFC North and plenty of money to spend in free agency. But according to the report, the team will not touch Burress, who will turn 34 later this year.

Currently Cleveland's top receivers are Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie and rookie Greg Little. The Browns may still look to add more competition in free agency.