The Browns have remained notably quiet in free agency thus far, but the team is still shopping.
According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, the Browns are set to bring in Dolphins tight end Charles Clay.
A four-year veteran, Clay has 1,809 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career. The 26-year-old tight end recorded 58 receptions for 605 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Prior to the start of free agency, the Dolphins placed the transition tag on Clay for 2015 at $7.07 million.
The Browns are familiar with the transition tag. The Browns placed it on Alex Mack last offseason, later signing the center to a five-year, $42 million contract in response to an offer by the Jaguars.
The Browns' biggest competitor for Clay is the Bills, who have courted Clay since the start of free agency. The club seems confident that it will sign Clay, as the Bills released tight end Scott Chandler on Wednesday. Around the same time yesterday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and NFL Network tweeted that the Bills were "preparing their offer sheet so the Dolphins can't match it."
While the Dolphins would have seven days to match any offer, the club might not be able to match a large offer by the Bills or the Browns. According to Over the Cap, Miami has just $7.88 million in cap space for 2015.
Due to the expected departure of Jordan Cameron, the Browns are currently thin at tight end. Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray each remain on the team's roster, but the two combined for just 30 catches, 358 yards, and one touchdown in 2014.
The Browns could certainly use another target for whoever starts at quarterback in 2015. Clay appears to be one attractive option for the Browns both as a replacement for Jordan Cameron at tight end and as a flexible weapon on offense.