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.