4. Gary Barnidge – Tight End
The one position that always seemed to perform well for the Browns was tight ends. The biggest name was Kellen Winslow who spent four years in Cleveland. Winslow is also close to making this list, but he did have a few other good seasons with the Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The one tight end who made his career in one season was Gary Barnidge. The Carolina Panthers drafted Barnidge in the fifth round of the 2008 draft from Louisville. In 4 seasons with the Panthers, Barnidge totaled 320 receiving yards and one lonely touchdown.
In 2013 the Browns took a chance and signed Barnidge to a three-year deal. In the first two seasons, Barnidge played very little and had just over 280 receiving yards and no touchdowns. Then, in 2015 the lights came on. Barnidge had 79 receptions, 1,043 receiving yard, and nine touchdowns. In that season the Browns would only win three games, but Barnidge was a favorite target of quarterbacks Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel.
Barnidge had an okay season in 2016 for the Browns with 612 yards and two touchdowns, but he would never play another snap in the NFL again. In an eight-season career, Barnidge had 46 percent of his yards and 82 percent of his touchdowns all in one season with the Browns. Many expected big things from Barnidge moving forward, but it never did come true.