Jared Cook, the top-rated tight end in this year’s free-agent class, agreed to a five-year deal with the St. Louis Rams, the team announced.
Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com first reported the deal tonight.
The Browns need a tight end and were in the mix for Cook along with the Miami Dolphins, according to reports. With Cook, a former member of the Tennessee Titans, crossed off the list of available players, the Browns will likely focus on others at the position.
One name to watch is Oakland Raiders free-agent tight end Brandon Myers. NFL.com’s Charley Casserly suggested today Cook and Myers could be targets of the Browns. The 6-foot-3, 256-pound Myers, 27, started all 16 games this past season and compiled 79 catches for 804 yards and four touchdowns.
The Browns are in the market for tight end because starter Benjamin Watson is expected to leave Cleveland via free agency. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner have a history of prominently featuring tight ends in their systems.
In other free-agency news, Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins. The Browns inquired about Ellerbe and agreed to a five-year, $40 million deal with his former teammate, ex-Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace reportedly agreed to a deal with the Dolphins, who have made big splashes today in free agency.
Former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler, whom the Browns inquired about, reportedly agreed to a deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
Three-time Pro Bowl kick returner Josh Cribbs, the second-most tenured member of the Browns, is leaning toward signing with the Arizona Cardinals, Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com reported.
Browns free-agent linebacker Kaluka Maiava will visit the Oakland Raiders, Albert Breer of NFL Network reported.