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Blocking alert: Browns adding TE Darren Fells for 3 years, $12 million

Cleveland has their blocking tight end.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

I have made a habit of putting a blocking tight end on my free agency wishlist the past few years. It only figures that the year I didn’t do that, the Browns pull the trigger on one.

This morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Cleveland is signing TE Darren Fells to a 3-year, $12 million deal.

Fells is already 31 years old, and got a late start to his NFL career as he was a college basketball player. He was with the Arizona Cardinals from 2014-2016 before starting for the Detroit Lions last year. He is known as a blocking tight end, but has good height (6’7”) to be a red zone target. In his four years, he’s totaled 57 catches for 713 yards and 7 touchdowns.

It’s logical to think that this puts the job of TE Randall Telfer in jeopardy, and possibly even TE Seth DeValve.