Report: Rob Housler agrees to one-year deal with Cleveland Browns

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Rob Housler has reportedly found a new home: the Cleveland Browns.

NFL sources told The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson that Housler has agreed to a one-year deal with the Browns. One of the sources also told Wilson that Housler’s contract with Cleveland will pay him “more than the minimum,” which according to, is $745,000 for Housler, who’s heading into his fifth year in the league.

In addition to meeting with the Browns, Housler met with the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.

Sources also told Wilson that the Baltimore Ravens had talks with Housler and offered him a veteran minimum contract.

Big things were expected from Housler when the Cardinals drafted him in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Florida Atlantic. Housler ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. That was the fastest time among any tight end that year.

Housler was a big part of Arizona’s offense in 2013. He played in 13 games [10 starts] with Arizona, and caught 39 passes for 454 yards and one touchdown.

Housler disappeared in the offense last season. In 15 games [seven starts], Housler was only targeted 17 times. He caught nine passes for 129 yards and zero touchdowns.

In his four seasons with Arizona, Housler caught 105 passes for 1,133 yards and one touchdown.

Housler is the sixth free agent the Cardinals have lost since the free agency period began on March 10: Sam Acho [Chicago Bears], Antonio Cromartie [New York Jets], Darnell Dockett [San Francisco 49ers], Paul Fanaika [Kansas City Chiefs], Rob Housler [Cleveland Browns] and Dan Williams [Oakland Raiders].

UPDATE: The Browns made Housler’s signing official via their website.


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