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Cleveland Browns ERFA Review: FB Danny Vitale

Will the Browns retain their starting fullback?

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Our preview on the Browns’ exclusive rights free agents continues with FB Danny Vitale.

How and When He Joined the Browns: Vitale was a 6th round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016. He was on the Buccaneers’ practice squad until mid-October, when the Browns signed him to their active roster. Two weeks later, Cleveland waived FB Malcolm Johnson, making Vitale the team’s new primary fullback by default.

Productivity Level Last Season: Heading into camp, there was a little bit of hype surrounding Vitale and the impact he could have as a receiver. In 15 games, he had a whopping 3 catches for 19 yards. Being behind in the box score so often didn't help his playing time, as he saw just 12.3% of the offensive snaps. He also played a lot on special teams.

Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: Vitale has looked like a fine fullback and has two years with the club. If ever used correctly, he can be a sneaky receiving option out of the backfield.

What the Browns Should Do: Cleveland should give him the minimum tender of $630,000. A two year deal worth the minimum might be better, to reduce the amount he'd otherwise make as a RFA in 2019.

Let us know below whether or not the team should try to tender or re-sign Danny Vitale!


Should the Browns tender FB Danny Vitale?

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