Cleveland Browns: Top Five Worst Transactions By Ray Farmer

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Sep 27, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Rob Housler (84) has a the ball stripped by Oakland Raiders free safety

(24) during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

5. Signed A Tight End With Decreasing Production

Tight end Rob Housler became a Brown this past offseason. The only good news with Housler’s contract was that it was a one year deal for $1.76 million.

Housler’s statistics have dropped off each year and yet there was the belief that he could make an impact this season. Well, that did not happen. Housler caught one pass for six yards before being released by the Browns on November 18th. The frustrating part with this transaction is that Housler did not do anything (would be even more frustrating if he was signed to a multiyear deal) but it also impacts the what if affect.

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What if Farmer and the Browns did not sign Housler or did sign him but limited their expectations? Cleveland could have brought along tight end along at a more reasonable time, had the chance to draft University of Minnesota tight end , who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, or sign another free agent tight end.

Without Cleveland’s current starting tight end having a career year, that position would be a complete mess now. Though Barnidge is having a great year, he is a free agent after the season and there is no guarantee he will be back. Whether he does or not, Cleveland will need to add to the position.

Housler has not caught double-digit passes since 2013 despite playing in 15 games last season. If Housler gets another chance with a team, hopefully they do not expect much. He however would be a solid special teams player if healthy.

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