The Cleveland Browns announced today via the teams official twitter account that they have sign Arizona Cardinals unrestricted free agent Tight End Jim Dray. Dray agreed to a three-year, $5.62 million contract with $2.25 million in the first season, according to multiple reports.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 13, 2014
Dray was a success story for the Cardinals, drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and working his way up from specials team to starting tight end. Dray was given little chance of making the NFL after he had two knee surgeries in college at Stanford, but has become a reliable, all-around player, who was also utilized at fullback. The 2013 season was a break-out year for Dray, hauling in 26 catches for 215 yards, and 2 touchdowns.Dray fits the bill for what the Browns’ need at the tight end position, the Browns’ already have a proven pass catcher in Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron but they lack depth in true blockers. A season ago the Browns’ only had Gary Barnidge as primary blocking tight end, and the team still is evaluating the potential of MarQueis Gray. This isn’t a big name signing that will rally the fan base, but it does add much-needed depth with minimal impact to the cap.