Free Agent TE Rob Housler Visiting Browns Today
The Cleveland Browns may not be done in free agency after all. Free Agent tight end Rob Housler is reportedly visiting the team today after not finding a suitable contract yet. Two reported the visit just a minute apart:
Housler is a former Arizona Cardinals player who has drawn interest from a few teams around the league, just not enough to sign yet. Housler has gotten interest from both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens, as well as the Atlanta Falcons.
Housler has shown some upside in his short 4 year career but had his worst season last year with only 9 catches. He had 39 and 45 catches the two years prior and over 400 yards each of those seasons. The lack of gaudy numbers is one reason Housler is still out on the free agent market. He also has struggled with some injuries, never playing in 16 games and only 12 and 13 in two of his seasons. Here are some highlights of Housler:
For the Browns the former 3rd round pick out of Florida Atlantic would provide them some depth, and upside, at a very thin position. The 6’5″ Housler is athletic enough to make an impact and has good enough hands. Based on how the market has played out, Housler may have to settle for a 1 year make good deal, although the Browns could be willing to lock him up for 2 or 3 at the right price.
Interestingly, PFF had Housler rated higher last year than Jordan Cameron. Neither were rated very well on their limited snaps but Cameron was a -10.2 while Housler was a -8.2. Surprising but interesting.
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The tight end group in the NFL Draft seems to leave a lot to be desired. Maxx Williams tops the list with players like Clive Walford and Jeff Heuerman a full round or two later. Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge currently hold down the two spots on the roster but could be upgraded with Housler, Williams, Walford or Heuerman. There are some who think Devin Funchess could be used as the Browns move tight end if he falls into the second.
What do you think about Rob Housler as a possible tight end signing?