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Browns sign Jim Dray to three-year deal

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The Browns saw Jordan Cameron put together a strong season as a receiving tight end in 2013 and they went out and got him a blocking-focused complement on Thursday.

The team announced that they have signed former Cardinals tight end Jim Dray. The team announced no terms, but PFT has learned via a league source that it is a three-year deal worth $5.625 million in total value. $2.25 million of that is guaranteed and will all be paid in the first year of the pact.

Dray was mostly used as a blocker during his four years with Arizona, but did a bit more pass catching in 2013. After catching seven passes over his first three seasons, Dray jumped up to 26 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

With Cameron already on the roster, the Browns probably won’t be looking for anything more than that out of Dray in the passing game as long as he helps clear holes in the run game and keeps pass rushers off the quarterback. Now the Browns just need to lock down the identity of the back who will be running through those holes and the quarterback that Dray will help protect.

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27 Responses to “Browns sign Jim Dray to three-year deal”
  1. jerruhjones says: Mar 13, 2014 2:59 PM

    The pieces are coming together from a FO with a vision.

    Go Browns!!!

  2. NoobTubeTV says: Mar 13, 2014 3:05 PM

    GO BROWNS!!!

  3. timmons94 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:18 PM

    When do playoff tickets go on sale ??? What a Mickey Mouse operation

  4. billsfan1 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:21 PM

    You’re kidding right? Stop acting like this is a viable pickup

  5. jimmybrock says: Mar 13, 2014 3:24 PM

    The Factory of Sadness is slowly becoming the Factory of Gladness.

  6. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 13, 2014 3:27 PM

    I forgot about Dray.

  7. Matt dog from C-town says: Mar 13, 2014 3:28 PM

    Any relation to Dr. Dre?

  8. dolphinfan17 says: Mar 13, 2014 3:39 PM

    Solid Pickup. Will help clear holes and protect hoyer/QB from draft

  9. whodeylifer says: Mar 13, 2014 3:39 PM

    Maybe finally The Battle of Ohio will mean something again 🙂 WhoDEY!!! See ya on the GridIron Dawgs.

  10. nviverson says: Mar 13, 2014 3:42 PM

    We have the pass catching TE (Cameron), now we have the blocker. Good pick up!!

  11. barkhardandloud says: Mar 13, 2014 3:44 PM

    Him not dropping a Pass the entire 20013 season(26 targets) is impressive,.

  12. ravanator says: Mar 13, 2014 4:02 PM

    Keep trying factory of sadness. The only respectable thing in Cleveland left when the football team moved to the great city of Baltimore. How many superbowls have the Browns won since the Ravens franchise (greatest in the history of sports) was formed? What no answers from the dog pound, just silence. I have spoken. Cheers!

  13. audient says: Mar 13, 2014 4:16 PM

    Blocking TE with 26 catches is impressive.
    But “26 catches and no drops” is music to this Browns fan’s ears.

  14. mrpoggs says: Mar 13, 2014 4:19 PM

    Can’t wait to play your Ravens in 2014. What went wrong

    Flacco was inconsistent, ranking 35th in Football Outsiders’ value-per-play metric, which was one spot behind Matt Schaub. But unlike Schaub, who had plenty of playmakers and a running game to lean on, Flacco began the season without his favorite target, Dennis Pitta, who suffered a hip injury over the summer, leaving Smith as Baltimore’s only legitimate downfield threat.

    Then there’s the running game. Ray Rice was on the wrong side of awful (he averaged 3.1 yards per carry and just 4 touchdowns), and that was before he was arrested in February on simple assault-domestic violence charges.

    How bad was it? Rice was the NFL’s least productive running back, according to Football Outsiders, just ahead of … Bernard Pierce, the Ravens’ other back. (And ahead of Pierce? Trent Richardson. Yikes.)

    Last offseason, center Matt Birk retired and his replacement, Gino Gradkowski, struggled on a weekly basis. The same holds for right tackle Michael Oher,

    On defense, linebacker Jameel McClain often appeared overmatched, and rookies Matt Elam and Arthur Brown didn’t blossom as fast as hoped (though we can’t imagine the Ravens are concerned about either; they’re young and this is all part of the process). The secondary also had issues; safety Michael Huff was released after a few weeks, and cornerback Lardarius Webb wasn’t quite himself after returning from a knee injury in 2012. But safety James Ihedigbo was a pleasant surprise, as was Corey Graham.

  15. pacodawg says: Mar 13, 2014 4:20 PM

    This team is very dangerous. Watch out.

    Signed NFL executive.

  16. clbrwns says: Mar 13, 2014 4:28 PM

    I left them with a good plan to execute.

    Signed Joe Banner…

    P.S. It’s all about me.

  17. mrpoggs says: Mar 13, 2014 4:34 PM

    This will be another year we see the Ravens and Steelers continue to struggle, and The Browns become a real threat in the AFC North.

  18. kwjsb says: Mar 13, 2014 5:10 PM

    Another Tight end ?
    How about guard and corner?

  19. filmex2000 says: Mar 13, 2014 5:20 PM

    As a Cards fan, the TE position in Cleveland must have been gawd-awful if Dray is considered any kind of upgrade.

    The only thing Dray did around here, outside of disappearing for games at a time due to injury or apathy, was to make Cards’ TE Rob Housler look like Tony Gonzalez by comparison.
    Housler is probably the only one in AZ sorry to see Dray go.

  20. drewbreezy2 says: Mar 13, 2014 5:27 PM

    His hands will turn to stone as soon as he starts drinking out Cleveland water!

  21. luz56 says: Mar 13, 2014 5:35 PM

    I watched enough of this guy in AZ and if that is your big signing your in big trouble…I guess it’s a start as we here in AZ were used to picking up scraps when the feeding frenzy was over

  22. oldcracker says: Mar 13, 2014 5:50 PM

    I like the signing. I’m just waiting to see what they do about getting Mack back, and beefing up the guards.

    We all know they will add help to the skill positions via the draft. I’m concerned about our coaching of those rookies.

    The Browns haven’t demonstrated much skill in developing our picks while some teams repeatedly find diamonds among even the undrafted FA’s.

    Our Ray (Farmer) of hope.

  23. ytownjoe says: Mar 13, 2014 7:07 PM

    How about Ben Tate as the running back?

  24. brownsmakemecrazy says: Mar 13, 2014 8:38 PM

    Why is this signing even announced? No one has ever heard of this stiff outside of Arizona. So far the Browns free agent signing get a D+. Only reason they dont get an F is Dansby

  25. critic02 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:59 PM

    Timmons don’t worry about what happens in major league cities, instead worry about when the Binghamton crusaders start their class a season.

  26. brownsmakemecrazy says: Mar 14, 2014 5:41 AM

    Its amazing how clueless most of you Browns fans are on here. 11 thumbs down really? U think these players they signed, other than Dansby are any good? Its your myopia that doesnt provide any incentive for them to improve.

    Expect another 4-12 season with these meaningless signings.

  27. evansvc says: Mar 15, 2014 9:46 AM

    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…

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