Browns bolster tight end position
APR 9, 1:49p ET | Rick Grayshock
Rotowire: Apr 9 / 11:00a ET
News: Housler has signed a one-year, $1.76 million contract with the Browns, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Housler, who will help fill the void left by the departure of Jordan Cameron, will join a Cleveland tight end corps that also includes Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge. While Housler recorded just nine catches for 129 yards in 15 games for the Cards this past season, he has the athletic ability to emerge as a vertical threat at the position for the Browns, given the increased target load he seems bound to earn in 2015.
StatsLLC: Apr 9 / 12:00a ET
News: The Browns have signed free agent tight end Rob Housler. Housler, who spent the past four seasons with Arizona, at least temporarily fills the void left when former Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron signed with Miami.
Impact: The 27-year-old Housler caught 105 passes for 1,133 yards and a touchdown in four years with the Cardinals. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder had nine receptions for 129 yards.
Rotowire: Apr 7 / 5:16p ET
News: Housler will visit the Browns on Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Housler played 15 games with the Cardinals in 2014, but was limited to just nine receptions on 17 targets. If the two sides are able to agree to a deal, Housler would likely end up competing for reps with Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray in what would amount to a timeshare situation. The Browns, who continue to search for a replacement for Jordan Cameron, had expressed interest in Housler earlier in the offseason.