Gary Barnidge could be joining Browns


The Browns appear poised to add to their options at tight end.

Free agent Panthers tight end Gary Barnidge is “expected to sign” with Cleveland, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday.

This is a logical pairing. New Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski, the Panthers’ offensive coordinator the last two seasons, is familiar with the 27-year-old Barnidge. The sixth-year pro from Louisville caught six passes for 78 yards and one TD in 2012 for Carolina. According to Pro Football Focus, Barnidge played 140 snaps in the regular season.

Veteran Browns tight ends Benjamin Watson and Alex Smith are unrestricted free agents.

5 responses to “Gary Barnidge could be joining Browns

  1. Barnidge has been sitting behind Greg Olsen so his limited snaps and targets don’t bother me. What excites me is what he has done with his chances. Last year he was targeted six times and caught six passes averaging 13 yards per reception, getting 3 first downs and one touchdown out of them. The kid is pure potential and will be an asset as he has played for Chud. If he came at a good price he could be one of those diamonds in the rough teams are always looking for.

  2. Kid? He’s been in league 6 years and has 18 total receptions for 180 yards and 1 TD. And btw he’s only backed up Olsen for 2 years, previous 4 years he was stuck on the bench behind Jeff King. He is 100% wasted potential, how can a 6’6 Pass Catching TE not have the ability to catch?

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