In today's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer, it was reported that the Bengals have been in contact with the agent for tight end Ken Dilger, whose contract was terminated by the Colts yesterday.
The Pro Bowl TE is now officially an unrestricted free agent, and the Browns are wasting little time in making the seven-year veteran one of their top priorities, Bernie's Insiders has learned.
According to a Browns source, the organization has already been in contact with Dilger's agent, Mark Bartelstein, and is prepared to put on their best full-court press to acquire the TE's services.
Bartelstein confirmed the Browns' interest in his client to The Insiders, stating that Cleveland was one of the first teams to place a call to his Chicago office.
"We've talked to Cleveland, yes," Bartelstein said.
"There's a bunch of interest in Ken right now, and the Browns are certainly in the mix. We're going to talk to teams today and then make some visits in the coming days."
Bartelstein stated that Dilger has a very good relationship with Bruce Arians, the current Browns offensive coordinator who was the quarterbacks coach with the Colts during three of Dilger's seven seasons in Indianapolis.
While that relationship will be a factor in where Dilger eventually lands, it won't be the only one.
"There will be a lot of things that go into his decision," Bartelstein said.
"You know, is the team a Super Bowl contender? How comfortable is he with the city and the team? All those things will weigh into his decision. [His relationship with Arians] is certainly a factor, but it's not the only thing he'll be looking at."
Bartelstein expects his client to be signed "pretty quickly", perhaps before the start of free agency on March 1.
In addition to the Browns and Bengals, Bartelstein said that the Lions and Buccaneers have also called expressing interest. There is also a possibility that the Patriots will be one of the teams vying for Dilger as well.