Veteran tight end Rob Housler agrees to one-year, $1.76 million deal with Browns, sources say

The Ravens had interest in ex-Cardinals tight end Rob Housler, but he's signed with the Browns, source say.

Veteran free agent tight end Rob Housler has agreed to a one-year, $1.76 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, according to NFL sources.

The deal includes a $750,000 signing bonus.

Housler visited the Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.

Housler had dialogue with the Ravens and was offered a contract, according to sources.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound receiver ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the 2011 NFL scouting combine, the fastest time among any tight end that year.

Housler's role diminished as a receiver last season as the former Florida Atlantic standout caught just nine passes for 129 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games, including seven starts. He was targeted just 17 times.

Housler previously had a more prominent role with the Cardinals, catching 45 passes for 417 yards on 68 targets in 2013. He caught 39 passes for 454 yards and a touchdown as a rookie.

For his career, the former third-round draft pick has 96 receptions for 1,004 yards and one touchdown.

The Ravens still have a need at tight end after veteran Owen Daniels signed a three-year, $12.5 million contract this offseason to join the Denver Broncos.

The Ravens return tight end Crockett Gillmore, who provides a blocking presence and caught 10 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown as a rookie last season.

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