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Browns sign TE Rob Housler

The Browns have signed tight end Rob Housler, general manager Ray Farmer announced Thursday.

Housler, 27, comes to Cleveland after spending the previous four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

Housler, a third-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Florida Atlantic, caught 105 passes for 1,133 yards and a touchdown in his four years with the Cardinals. Seventeen of his receptions went for longer than 20 yards and 51 resulted in first downs.

Over the 2012-13 seasons, Housler (6-5, 250) caught 84 passes for 871 yards. His 45 receptions in 2012 ranked as the fifth-best, single-season total in Cardinals franchise history by a tight end. In 2013, he accumulated a career-high 454 receiving yards to go along with 39 receptions and a touchdown.

This past season, Housler caught nine passes for 129 yards, good for an average of 14.3 yards per reception.

Housler, who hails from El Paso, Texas, joins a Browns tight end group that includes veterans Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge, who combined to catch 30 passes for 398 yards and a touchdown last season and helped open holes in the run game as the Browns finished fourth in the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 17.

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