Heinrich (6'5", 265) was a sixth round pick by the Panthers in the 2002 draft, and saw action in four games prior to being put on the injured reserve list due to a foot injury. Heinrich was competing for a TE job with Kris Magnum, Jermaine Wiggins, and Mike Seidman in Carolina.
Heinrich was drafted out of Sam Houston State, where he played all four years, starting 24 games. In his senior year, Heinrich caught 45 passes for 595 yards.
The team's newest acquisition is the latest in a series of tight ends that the team has looked at. The team has acquired and released Bob Slowikowski and Jeff Kostrewa in recent days. Kostrewa was with the team for only one day, and Slowikowski showed up on the team's depth chart at fullback.
Head Coach Butch Davis always seems to be attempting to improve the bottom part of his roster, looking constantly at players who could fill roles on special teams. The team is unsettled at fullback, with the much-travelled Kevin McLeod and Aaron Shea serving in that role. The recently acquired and released Bob Slowikowski was listed at fullback on the team's depth chart, but was a tight end during his college and brief pro career.
Shea and Heinrich don't have the typical build for a fullback, and are more logical fits (particularly with Heinrich's pass-catching ability) in the H-back role.
As we learn more about why the Browns are looking at their third new TE in the last couple of weeks, we'll report it here!