This was a move that had to be made and it was a good one. The Cleveland Browns agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver David Nelson to a one year deal. Make that free agent signing number eleven for the Browns.
Formerly of the Buffalo Bills, Nelson was highly targeted by Cleveland and finally chose the club Monday evening. The 26-year-old will enter his fourth season in the NFL and compete with current Browns receivers Jordan Norwood and Travis Benjamin for playing time.
Nelson is a tall target at 6-5 and could pay dividends for quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. The former Florida Gators wide out suffered a season ending injury last year and only caught two passes for 31 yards. However, Nelson’s 2011 campaign was a completely different story. He became a favorite target of Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2011 and caught 61 passes for 658 yards and five touchdowns. Nelson has a very high ceiling potential in the next few years.
The Browns continue to bolster their depth chart under the radar. Out of all the free agents they have signed, Nelson is right near the top in excitement factor. With the release of the injury-prone Mohamed Massaquoi, the Browns needed to find a receiver somewhere and they got a pretty good one too. I like Nelson signing a one year deal because it’s almost like an extended try out to see if he fits in to the Browns’ plans.
With each key signing, the brown-and-orange are quite possibly beginning to show their cards in which way they are heading when it comes to the NFL Draft. This was yet another smart and necessary move by the new Cleveland brain trust.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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