The Cleveland Browns' first signing of the new league year won't draw the excitement of fans, but it's still a good move for special teams purposes. The team announced that they have re-signed wide receiver Marlon Moore.
Moore only played a handful of snaps at wide receiver last year. His primary contributions came as a special teams ace. He led the team with 13 kick returns for 322 yards, a 24.8 average. Those numbers don't jump off of the page, but we're in a league where kickers usually just boot the ball out of the back of the end zone. At the end of the season, Moore had a couple of really nice kick returns, including a touchdown, called back due to penalties.
Moore was second on the team with 9 special teams tackles and he also forced a fumble. His highlight game came in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts, when he shut down WR Joshua Cribbs with three smashing tackles, including the aforementioned forced fumble.
We don't know how long of a contract Moore was signed to at this point in time, but this doesn't mean they are committing to him as their kick returner in 2015. The team tendered restricted free agent Johnson Bademosi a couple of days ago, so at the very least, they won't have to worry about the gunner position this coming season. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will be happy.