The Cleveland Browns announced today that tight end Gary Barnidge will be headed to his first Pro Bowl, replacing tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will now sit out of this Sunday's festivities due to an "injury."
"I am very appreciative of this honor," Barnidge told Browns.com. "It is a privilege to be able to represent the Browns and our great fans at the Pro Bowl. One of the best things about this is that I get to share this experience with Joe and Alex."
Barnidge will join LT Joe Thomas and C Alex Mack. After having a combined 44 catches for 603 yards for 3 touchdowns in his first seven seasons, Barnidge broke out for 79 catches for 1,043 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2015. He inked a contract extension before the end of the season, and there's no reason to think he won't continue to flourish in Hue Jackson's offense after seeing the type of year that TE Tyler Eifert had in Cincinnati.
The Pro Bowl kicks off at 6 PM ET this Sunday and will be broadcast on ESPN. The Pro Bowl draft will take place this Wednesday, where we'll find out what teams Thomas, Mack, and Barnidge will be on.