Browns sign TE Housler

Team addresses its most-pressing position need - well, excluding the QB - by inking Housler.

The Browns addressed their most pressing need, in terms of off-season signings by signing a tight end.

The Browns have agreed to a one-year contract with Rob Housler, who played the last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

Housler (6-5, 250) visited the Browns on Wednesday as reported by the OBR’s Lane Adkins.

Housler, 27, caught 84 passes for 871 yards in 2012-13 but his production fell off to just nine receptions for 129 yards (14.3 avg.) in 2014. His 45 receptions in 2012 ranked as the fifth-best, single-season total in Cardinals franchise history by a tight end. In 2013, he accumulated a career-high 454 receiving yards to go along with 39 receptions and a touchdown.

Housler was a third-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft by Arizona out of Florida Atlantic. In his four seasons with the Cardinals, Housler caught 105 passes for 1,133 yards and a touchdown.

Housler joins Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge on the current roster after the Browns lost Jordan Cameron to the Dolphins earlier in free agency. Dray and Barnidge combined for 30 catches for 398 yards and a touchdown in 2014.

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