3 free agent tight ends the Cleveland Browns should look into

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The Browns will look to improve all areas of this team and one position group they'll be in the market for is tight end.

There are many holes on the roster that the Cleveland Browns will fill in the coming weeks and months, but one of the positions not talked about as much is tight end.

Sure, Cleveland needs to address the defensive line and the safety room, especially with John Johnson III being released on March 15, but they also need to add some depth to the tight end room.

As of right now, they have only three tight ends under contract for the upcoming season. Those three are David Njoku, who got a four-year, $54.75 million extension last offseason, Harrison Bryant, and Zaire Mitchell-Paden. Head coach Kevin Stefanski said in his press conference that the team would address that position.

There are two tight ends on this list that the Browns have their eye on, according to Jared Mueller of Dawgsbnature.com, who is down in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

While tight ends are a vital piece of the Stefanski offensive scheme, it is not a position you need to invest a ton of money in, especially when Njoku just got his extension.

Here are the three tight ends the Browns should have their eyes on, including two that the team is keeping tabs on.

3 free agent tight ends the Cleveland Browns can target

Irv Smith Jr.
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No. 3: Irv Smith Jr. - Minnesota Vikings

This isn't going to be a splash signings should the Browns be interested, but it could turn out to one of quality. Irv Smith Jr. has shown that he can make plays in the NFL, but the only snag on this scenario is the fact he's struggled staying on the field over the past two seasons.

With that being said, that could bring his price tag down to a reasonable amount and that could catch the eye of general manager Andrew Berry. He's a low-risk, high-reward type player who could thrive in this offense with Deshaun Watson running point.

Smith was a second round pick by the Vikings in 2019. In his first two professional seasons, Smith hauled in 66 of 90 targets for 676 yards and seven touchdowns, five of which came in his sophomore campaign.

He would miss the entirety of the 2021 season with a meniscus injury. He returned to the field last year, but injuries limited him to just eight games. He did catch 25 passes for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns, so the upside is there.