The Browns Did It!
The Cleveland Browns did something two of their division rivals could not accomplish – sign free agent Rob Housler to a contract. It is a one-year deal for the tight end, so it would be wise if the new member of the team rents a place to live for the next twelve months. Let’s see what this means for the franchise.
Filling a Role
Housler appears to fit the same mold as recently departed Jordan Cameron; a pure pass-catcher who is not expected to block even during a fraction of his playing time. While the tight end had a Pro Bowl year in 2013, Cameron was oft injured last year. Therefore, if Housler can have a respectable output in 2015 – over forty catches and five hundred yards – it would be deemed as a smart signing by the club.
Several fans and media members have been predicting Maxx Williams be drafted by the Browns in the first or second round of the 2015 Draft. There was a gaping hole in the roster, and the team was in desperate need to fill it with a tremendous playmaker. While the acquisition of Housler is not going to make anyone forget about the top tight end prospect; perhaps the Browns now reconsider the position and choose a Clive Walford (still my favorite tight end prospect) in the third or fourth round.
This signing by the team will add another presence needed by the offensive unit. Having gone through the rigors of the professional game, the tight end should be helpful with expectations all year long. This will come in handy, provided the Browns secure a guy at the same position draft weekend.
Conclusion: Obviously this was not an Earth-shattering move by the orange and brown, but I do not hate it. They needed an athlete to fill the role of a receiving tight end, and possibly compete with younger guys who the team can sign in the coming weeks. Another ho-hum move during free agency by Ray Farmer and his staff, but hitting homeruns in the draft is where winning franchises are made.