Browns nearing extension for tight end Gary Barnidge

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Not many things have gone right for the Browns this year, but they’re apparently on the verge of locking up one of the good ones.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Browns are working on a contract extension for tight end Gary Barnidge, which could be finished as soon as today.

The 30-year-old Barnidge is one of the feel-good stories of the season, a former fifth-round pick of the Panthers who never caught more than 13 passes in any of his first seven seasons in the league.

This year, he has 60 catches for 817 yards and seven touchdowns, despite playing for one of the most unfortunately quarterbacked teams in the league. He’s third among tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns this season.

Barnidge came to Cleveland with former coach Rob Chudzinski, and has finally delivered on the potential coaches talked about him having. He signed a three-year, $3.75 million deal to join the Browns, and should do slightly better than that this time.