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.

27 responses to “Browns sign Jim Dray to three-year deal

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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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