Browns Get The Royal Treatment

Late this evening the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that FA tight end Robert Royal has signed with the Browns.  The signing marks the first free agent signing of the club this off-season.

Royal’s role with the team is uncertain at this point, as his game is closely related to Steve Heiden’s in that he is a better blocker.  Don’t be fooled though; this doesn’t mean he can’t catch.  Last season Royal had 33 receptions for 351 yards and one touchdown.  The seven-year vet has 112 receptions, 1,081 yards, and 12 touchdowns over his career.

The Browns also have second year TE Martin Rucker, who is expected by many to replace former Brown Kellen Winslow.

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  • clayton

    This is a good move. I bet royal becomes our number one tight end especially given heiden’s torn ACL. Royal is an even better blocker. And more than 80 catches plus 7 scores in 3 years in buffalo is not bad at all. Good move

  • Kevin

    As most Buffalo fans will tell you, its not catching the ball that Royal has problems with, its hanging onto the ball after he makes a catch.  When you look at the stats it shows he only had 2 fumbles each of the last 2 years, but I remember a few that occurred in the 4th Qtr during the potential winning drive.  2 fumbles per year may not sound like much, but when you only make 30 catches thats a bad ratio.  Good luck with him – our fans have been hoping for his release the last 2 years.
    To the writer of this article – you might want to proof read twice before publishing… read this line again: “Don’t be fooled though; this does mean he can’t catch.”

  • draftguru

    golly gee, looks like the Browns or Clowns will be lining up in three TE sets now instead of 3 or 4 WR sets. Are you frickin kidding me? Like I said before ManKok regime has no clue…. So Far!

  • stevedimatteo

    I’m just as skeptical as you draftguru, and I remember hearing the reports out of Buffalo the last few seasons that the Bills were looking to draft a better tight end.  But at the same time, I have to agree a bit with Clayton, as this is a move good for the depth of the position.

    As far as the wide receivers are concerned, the current situation at the position alone should pretty much put to rest rumors of Edwards being traded.  I don’t think Michael Crabtree is completely out of the question…

  • draftguru

    Very true as for adding depth, but thats the only thing I would say it’s good for.

  • clayton

    Where do you get 30 catches for Royal? He had 81 catches in 3 yrs. Four fumbles means he holds on more than 80 percent of the time. He fumbles less than once every 20 catches. That’s better than a lot of wide receivers in the NFL.