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Although the major signings are likely over for the Browns, sometimes the smaller ones can play important roles as well. The Browns went ahead and signed a third tight end to replace Aaron Shea:

The Browns have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with tight end Darnell Dinkins, a free agent from the Baltimore Ravens. The deal is worth $2.1 million with a $200,000 signing bonus and includes incentives that could increase its value.

Dinkins, 29, was a backup tight end and special teams standout for the Ravens. He caught six passes for 55 yards in 2005. Dinkins will be a blocking tight end and special-teamer for the Browns. They also might talk again with the agent for Giants free-agent receiver Tim Carter, who will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday and Tuesday.
- Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Browns have had an interest in Tim Carter over the past week or so, but I'm not so sure I would be in favor of signing another receiver at the moment. Without a doubt, Braylon Edwards and Joe Jurevicius will be our starting receivers. Dennis Northcutt will be back to where he thrives best, in the slot. After Northcutt, I would really like to see Brandon Rideau get a shot in the league to see what he can do. If Rideau is shoved on the inactive list again though, Frisman Jackson is still a nice fourth option. If you insert Carter in there, it will get a little too congested for my liking.

If Crocker passes his physical on Monday, the Browns will receive a fourth-round draft pick from the Falcons. One final interesting comment caught me eye this morning from Patrick McManamon:

Patrick McManamon, of the Akron Beacon Journal, reports sources from around the NFL agree that the Cleveland Browns have improved this offseason, but the team's quarterback is still a concern. Some in the league view QB Charlie Frye as an unproven third-round draft choice.

Getting Frye in the third round last year was a steal. When you compare the level of where he was at last year compared to Luke McCown the season before (although Frye had a better supporting cast), Frye seemed to be more ready. When Frye and Edwards connected on two touchdown passes in Edwards' final game last year, that officially sold me that Frye has to be our guy heading into this season.