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Browns strike one-year deal with former Bills slot receiver David Nelson

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 8, 2013

The Browns signed former Buffalo Bills slot receiver David Nelson to a one-year contract today, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported a deal had been struck. Nelson visited the Browns this past Thursday at their headquarters in Berea.

“Hey Cleveland …” Nelson wrote on Twitter this evening.

Nelson, 26, spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills and became an unrestricted free agent last month after the team chose not to offer him a $1.323 million qualifying offer that would have made him a restricted free agent. The 6-foot-5, 214-pound Nelson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Sept. 9 in the season opener last year and had knee surgery shortly after.

In 2011, Nelson started 13 of the 16 games in which he appeared and tallied 61 catches for 658 yards and five touchdowns. During his rookie season in 2010, Nelson caught 31 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns. Nelson has been targeted 146 times in his career and has dropped just six passes, according to


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