Browns CEO Joe Banner has said that the signings of linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive tackle Desmond Bryant are likely going to be the team’s biggest acquisitions through free agency, but that doesn’t mean they’re done looking, especially when it comes to tight ends.
Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been on the Browns’ radar, as was Jared Cook, who signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Rams. The Browns did sign tight end Gary Barnidge from the Panthers, but Norv Turner and Rob Chudzinski love their tight ends (how could they not when they got to work with Antonio Gates in San Diego?), so the team is looking to stock up.
Washington would love to keep Davis, despite his injuries and various other indiscretions (failed drug tests and a pending civil suit with a woman), but the Browns remain a major player for his services.
When healthy – and not suspended – Davis is one of the most productive tight ends in the league. In 2011, he had career highs in receptions (59) and yards (796) while catching three touchdown passes and also serving a four-game suspension.