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Report: Browns Showing Interest in Free Agent TE Ed Dickson

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Cleveland Browns have expressed an interest in free agent TE Ed Dickson:

This is the type of signing that would fall very much in line with my suggestion for the team to sign TE Daniel Fells, and it also plays along with the team's interest in FB/TE James Casey. Last year, the Carolina Panthers ran two tight-end sets, with Greg Olsen as the receiving tight end and Dickson as the blocking tight end. Dickson performed well and also showed his versatility when he was able to take on some of the duties of injured FB Mike Tolbert.

Dickson has been working on 1-year deals the past couple of seasons. If the Browns are interested in Dickson, though, it might take a two-year deal with some guaranteed money to prevent him from just re-signing with the Panthers in a system he was comfortable with a year ago.

Dickson, who is 27 years old, has also shown the ability to bea mediocre No. 1 receiving tight end. With the Ravens in 2011, he caught 54 passes for 528 yards and 5 touchdowns. Over the next two years, fellow TE Dennis Pitta took on a bigger role in the passing game.