Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Jim Dray (81) makes a catch as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy (2) defends during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Browns sign unrestricted free agent Tight end Jim Dray

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.

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.

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  • Charlie

    Good for them and him ! It’s about time they address the offensive needs. Its not a knock on Cameron’s ability and they do need more height in their receiving corps. Hawkins maybe fast with good hands and Benjamin is also fast and learning when he is well. Both are young and lack height and they better be able to out jump the other side or the QB is going to throw a lot of INT.’s

  • Jarod Cook

    Not a bad pick up the Browns get depth and a all around player. But as we’ve seen over the past few years the TE position has evolved into a more catch first, block second position. Looking around the league and at 2 of the all time greats Gonzales and Gates, the best TE’s where former basketball players. There’s plenty of undersized PF who are 6’5″-6’7″ who graduate from collage and have no chance of going pro in basketball. If you think about the position they need good balance and lower body strength to battle in the paint, and good eye-hand coordination and catching ability to get rebounds. Why not hold a open try out to like 50-100 of these players and put them through a 2-3 day scouting combine. Testing them in route running, catching drills, and blocking drills. I’m sure they would find 2-3 good candidates that they could take into training camp and preseason, and maybe 1 off them turns out to be the next Jordan Cameron.