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Browns, David Nelson agree to terms

David Nelson, Leigh Bodden AP

The Browns and wide receiver David Nelson have agreed on a one-year contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday.

A fourth-year pro from Florida, Nelson missed all but one game of the 2012 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Bills’ Week One loss at the Jets. The Bills did not tender him as a restricted free agent, which allowed him to sign elsewhere without Buffalo receiving any compensation or the right to match an offer.

In three seasons with Buffalo, the 26-year-old Nelson caught 94 passes for 1,042 yards and eight TDs.

Nelson, who caught 61 passes two seasons ago, could compete for playing time inside if the Browns, like the Bills, use him in the slot, though he can also be used outside. The Browns are not particularly deep at wide receiver, and the 6-foot-5, 214-pound Nelson is the first addition to the receiving corps since head coach Rob Chudzinski and general manager Mike Lombardi were hired earlier this year.

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17 Responses to “Browns, David Nelson agree to terms”
  1. footballfan12289 says: Apr 8, 2013 7:12 PM

    This is actually a good pickup for the Browns, when he’s healthy he could be a good slot receiver. Brandon Weeden needs some weapons and if Nelson can stay healthy he could work well with the West Coast Offense stye that Norv Runs.

  2. lovefootball4life says: Apr 8, 2013 7:21 PM

    Surprised the Browns didn’t do a lot more in FA given their space. I like anything that makes them more competitive and I’m a fan of T-Rich. Weeden can be ok if he has someone who could get open for the ball. They could even beat the Steelers this year. Oh yeah they already did that last year…

  3. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Apr 8, 2013 7:34 PM

    Nice pickup. As a Bengals fan I hate to admit this, but the Browns are having a solid offseason.

  4. footballfan12289 says: Apr 8, 2013 7:36 PM

    This is actually a good pickup for the Browns, when he’s healthy he could be a good slot receiver. Brandon Weeden needs some weapons and if Nelson can stay healthy he could work well with the West Coast Offensive stye that Norv Runs.

  5. skarkattack1234 says: Apr 8, 2013 7:37 PM

    Low-risk, low-reward. Just a body to stick at the bottom of the depth chart. He won’t be more than 5th or 6th.

  6. broadstbully says: Apr 8, 2013 7:44 PM

    Is he the guy that proposed to his girlfriend (a Cowboys cheerleader?) during a game, or something like that?

  7. ozzie82 says: Apr 8, 2013 7:50 PM

    footballfan, Norv doesn’t run a West Coast system at all – it is a vertical passing attack.

  8. cmanchester13 says: Apr 8, 2013 8:09 PM

    Damnit ozzie. I’m at work and it took me forever to sign in to call him out. I hate 2nd shift.

  9. bgm9876 says: Apr 8, 2013 8:12 PM

    why cant the bills get anybody.

  10. Mike Wanhatalo says: Apr 8, 2013 8:16 PM

    Regardless of scheme fit- as a Bills fan, I think this is a smart move. He is a silky smooth route-runner. Good height makes him a nice redzone threat. Plus, he has a smokin hot girlfriend.

  11. lakermetskins says: Apr 8, 2013 8:27 PM

    Another low-budget, non-impact player for this low-budget, non-inpact organization.

    Question? Who’s the best non- special teams player (Josh Cribs, Phil Dawson were best) the Brown’s had since they returned in 1999?

    They now have a pretty good LT and CB, but they need impact players. T. Richardson was the 3rd pick in the draft but was the 3rd best rookie rb last year. D. Jackson makes 140 tackles 5 yards down the field.

    Just get some impact players, will ya!

  12. killerskrew says: Apr 8, 2013 8:38 PM

    Norv Turner does NOT run the West Coast Offense.
    Where do you guys get your football knowledge?
    The Browns have moved away from the crappy Holmgren West Coast offense. Norv Turner likes to go down-field with the passing game, and for you amateurs, it’s known as a “vertical” offense.
    David Nelson would be a great slot receiver in this type of offense, which typically uses larger WR’s, versus smaller.

  13. radioactivechimp says: Apr 8, 2013 8:44 PM

    This is a good pickup for the Browns. I’ve watched every game Nelson played for the Bills and he’s very productive when he’s healthy.

    He doesn’t seem like a prototypical slot receiver because of his size (6 foot 5) but that’s where he’s most productive

  14. EJ says: Apr 8, 2013 8:57 PM

    Nelson will instantly make the Slot Receiver position in Cleveland relevant again. Team player, smooth route runner, great hands, has a huge pass-catching radius and can be counted on during high pressure situations. Great pick-up by the Browns, big loss for the Bills. I’m still upset that the Bills let him walk.

  15. godofwine330 says: Apr 9, 2013 12:35 AM

    I*’m actually for this move. He is a big guy and we could use the size, plus it is a risk free deal. If he has a bang up year he will get rewarded in free agency, if not see ya.

  16. louiebills says: Apr 9, 2013 1:05 AM

    Congratulations David & congratulations Browns fans, you’re getting a great WR… Best of luck!! (I’m still upset we let you walk away)

  17. sea3monster says: Apr 9, 2013 9:24 PM

    Boys, time to get those ring finger sized…this is the sign that gets us to the promised land!

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