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Browns Among the Teams Hosting Free Agent TE James Casey

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One word describes James Casey -- versatility.

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According to multiple reports, the Cleveland Browns will be hosting free agent James Casey, who was recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The story of Casey is an interesting one. I've always been a big fan of players who are versatile on offense (i.e. remember MarQueis Gray over the past two training camps?). Casey played for the Houston Texans from 2009-2012. His best season came in 2012, when he caught 34 passes for 330 yards and 1 touchdowns. He was an H-Back, running back, fullback, tight end, and wide receiver all wrapped into one.

When the Philadelphia Eagles gave him a 3-year deal worth $14.3 million at the start of the 2013 season, I envisioned them having big plans for him in Chip Kelly's offense. Instead, they barely utilized him as a receiver, as he logged 6 catches for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns in two years.

Casey it a hot player on the free agent circuit right now -- that's a benefit of being released prior to the end of your contract. At 6-3, 240 pounds, I would label Casey as being a somewhat similar player to FB Marcel Reece of the Oakland Raiders. Reece carries the ball more than Casey ever has, but he's been a versatile piece in Oakland's offense since 2010. The Browns' new offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo, was the Raiders' quarterbacks coach from 2012-2014, so if he liked how Reece was utilized there, he might envision a similar role for a guy like Casey in Cleveland.