The Cleveland Browns will be busy looking to add talent this offseason. Should they add another tight end?
The Cleveland Browns thought they had a stacked tight end room coming into the 2022 season. Freshley inking David Njoku to a new contract and hoping Harrison Bryant would make a leap in his third season, the sky appeared to be the limit for these two highly touted tight ends.
But a disappointing campaign from Bryant has left coaches and fans wanting more out of the position group. With only 31 catches for 239 yards and a touchdown, what was once thought of as a strength of the team may in fact be a weakness heading into 2023.
So, the question begs to be asked if the Cleveland Browns need an upgrade at the position heading into 2023. I believe that general manager Andrew Berry and his staff have to look at tight ends in both free agency and the draft this offseason.
Njoku won’t be going anywhere after just inking a contract extension last offseason. He was the lone bright spot in the room. Bryant is still on his rookie deal for one more season and will be brought back to see what he can do in camp. But the Browns definitely have to bring someone in to compete with Bryant for playing time.
Especially in Kevin Stefanski’s offense, where he loves to use two-tight end personnel as almost a base offense, the need for having two starting-caliber tight ends is a must. There will be a surplus of quality tight ends on the market between Dalton Schultz, Evan Engram, Hayden Hurst, and Mike Gesicki, although I can’t believe that the Browns would pony up to pay any of them.
The next best option at a good price might just be former Browns tight end Austin Hooper or Robert Tonyan, who had a very decent season for Green Bay last year. Either way, look for the Browns to bring in at least one body to compete with Harrison Bryant for that No. 2 tight end role.