The Cleveland Browns have made a solid acquisition this week in tight end Rob Housler for at least next season. Housler has spent the past four season with the Arizona Cardinals and did play an integral role as a down the field threat. Fans at Anastasia Date know that he will be part of three tight ends the Browns will have in their preseason along with Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray. Neither Dray nor Barnidge are the receiving threat that Housler is, but they are decent blockers and when establishing a running game this can be essential. However, it would obviously be tipping the offenses hand if the team only threw to the tight end when Housler was in the line-up.
Obviously Cleveland needs all the receiving help it can stand after learning of the one year suspension of their wide receiver Josh Gordon. Dray and Barnidge only combined for 30 catches and one touchdown last year, which is compared to Housler who has over 1,000 yards receiving on his career. The major problem with Housler is his ability to stay healthy and play a full season which he has proven unable to do. Also, last year was Housler’s worst year with only 9 receptions on the season with zero touchdowns. This is probably why the Browns would not commit a long term deal to him and instead gave him the trial one year for $1.76 million. Should he be able to prove a versatile threat of catching, blocking and staying on the field this could spell a major payday for the tight end next season.