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2020 Browns free agency: Experience, depth options available at tight end

The new league year is just around the corner, and the Browns' roster could have a bit of a different look to it by this time next month.

Throughout the week, we're going to break down Cleveland's roster situation at each of its position groups and look across the league at the top names likely to hit free agency starting March 18.

We're continuing Thursday with the tight ends, where the Browns are likely to add a body or two, whether it be through free agency or the draft.

Who's back?

David Njoku - After a strong second season, Njoku was sidelined for a large chunk of 2019 with a wrist injury that put him on injured reserve. The former first-round pick didn't play much upon return and finished with five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Stephen Carlson - The undrafted rookie began the season on the practice squad before giving his group a jolt in the second half of the season. He caught a touchdown in the Browns' win over the Steelers and finished with five catches for 51 yards.

Restricted Free Agents

Ricky Seals-Jones - Claimed off waivers right before the season, Seals-Jones took on a bigger role after Njoku's injury and developed a nice rapport with Baker Mayfield before suffering a midseason injury of his own. He finished with 14 receptions, 229 yards and a career-best four touchdowns.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Pharaoh Brown - Primarily used as a blocker, Brown appeared in nine games with six starts. He caught two passes for 27 yards.

Top Tight Ends Available (rankings from NFL.com's top 101 free agents)

32. Austin Hooper, Falcons - The 25-year-old picked the right time to have a career year. He's one of the biggest names on the market after catching 75 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns in just 13 games.

62. Eric Ebron, Colts - The former first-round pick struggled a bit after a huge 2018 campaign and had his season come to an end after 11 games. He posted 31 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns.

Other names to know:

Jimmy Graham, free agent - The former All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler caught 38 passes for 447 yards in his 10th season.

Jordan Reed, free agent - The former Redskins Pro Bowler has been injured throughout most of his career. His peak came in 2015 when he caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Vance McDonald, Steelers - After a career year in 2018, McDonald caught 38 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns this past season.

Jason Witten (Cowboys), Tyler Eifert (Bengals), Charles Clay (Cardinals)

Check out behind the scenes photos of Browns coaches and executives watching combine workouts

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