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Browns release Gary Barnidge

Life comes at you fast. Less than 12 hours after he welcome David Njoku to the tight end room, Gary Barnidge has been made aware of his release from the Cleveland Browns.

A bit of a shocker, the Browns traded up on Thursday night, jumping ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers to take Njoku. While many felt he would have been a solid compliment to a team that has little in the way of offensive play makers, the team apparently felt otherwise by giving the 32-year old his walking papers.

Brought to Cleveland by then head coach Rob Chudzinski from their mutual days in Carolina, Barnidge was one of the most productive tight ends in the NFL during his breakout 2015 campaign, leading Cleveland with 1,043 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. His production fell off in 2016, but most of this could be pinned to the team’s inability to field the quarterback position with any consistency.

“We’d like to thank Gary for all he has done for the Browns and the Cleveland community in his four seasons with the organization,” said Sashi Brown through an official statement. “He has been a fine representative of our team and we wish him the best going forward.”

He signed a three-year, $12,300,000 contract extension with the Browns in 2015. The deal included a $3.25 million signing bonus, and an average annual salary of $4.1 million. In 2017, Barnidge was to earn a base salary of $2.75 million and a roster bonus of $250,000. His cap hit of is expected to be $3,812,500 and a dead cap value of $1,625,000.

The Browns are currently No. 2 in the NFL with an estimated $66 million in available cap space.

  • jpftribe

    And dammit, No 2 is just not good enough for us!

  • chrisdottcomm

    Browns Fans: Cool, they picked up a second TE to run 2 Tight End splits, Hue will have a field day scheming that.

    Sashi: Hold my beer.

  • Skulb

    Well that was a surprise.

  • tigersbrowns2

    i wish Barnidge well … but this says a lot of what the Browns think of Njoku & Devalve … and i like these 2 being able to stretch a field & create mismatches , but there is not much in way of run blocking.

    Barnidge really regressed last year , especially when Kessler was playing QB.

  • chrisdottcomm

    “especially when Kessler was playing QB”

    HAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA OOOHHHA HEEEEHEHEH HAAAAAA.

    ::wipes tears from eyes::

    oh oh oh hooooo. thank you for that Tigers. seriously made my weekend.

  • nj0

    “Our analytics show that most fans will have convinced themselves that they can live with our first round by about 2:00 PM on Friday, so be sure to have those Fan Favorite Fireability scores on my desk by noon.”

  • tigersbrowns2

    LMAO … thanks … i think … heck , i wasn’t even trying & i made your weekend … i guess i’m okay with that.

    ummm , however , i wouldn’t be underestimating or dismissing Kessler just yet … it’s hard to play QB lying on your back. with the O-line being seriously addressed , i’d give Kessler another shot … you may want to get used to Kessler being the starter.

  • chrisdottcomm

    I will pay you $500 for every game Cody Kessler starts in 2018.

    BOOK IT 😉

  • tigersbrowns2

    well , anyone they draft now won’t be a starter … so you think Osweiler or Hogan https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92f6fb9509c432d4b5c04a5c2f55861414d05b3c65e8e2c7fe7330303a578092.gif will beat out Kessler ….

  • tigersbrowns2

    aahhhhh ,, i just caught it … “2018” … okay , i’m with ya now … i wouldn’t count him out for 2018 either.

  • Garry_Owen

    Well, just when I think I know what the Browns are thinking . . .

    http://www.idontwannagrowup.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/funny-ninja-baby-gif.jpg

  • Steve

    Are people really surprised? They aren’t trying to win games in 2017. Gary Barnidge wasn’t going to be on the next Browns contender. That they couldn’t even get a late round pick for him also shows what the rest of the league thinks of him.

  • Chris
  • Garry_Owen

    Your last sentence makes the most sense in the context. I guess I just thought that they would have wanted someone there to help the 20-year-old along. In the end, I’m fine with the decision; it just wasn’t in my sights.

  • Pat Leonard

    Oh man, I want in on this action.

  • Pat Leonard

    I think I get it. Barnidge is subpar at blocking, so the Browns need to keep Telfer. DeValve projects as a better receiver (and Barnidge came back down to Earth last season). They drafted Njoku. There’s probably only room for 3 TEs on the roster so they cut Barnidge as a courtesy to let him sign with another team before camps start.

    I’m a little surprised they couldn’t trade him, but I guess that’s just how things played out.

  • Harv

    Barnidge proved that ’15 was a one-off by blooming so late and then immediately losing the glue fingers he had for that one year. But still, don’t get why a team so devoid of talent and way under the cap dumps decent-if-not-special players. If you want the draft choice to get more reps, bench Barnidge as veteran depth. I’m not even criticizing, just don’t get what plan this move tucks into.

    Maybe he rubbed Hue the wrong way, but he doesn’t seem like that kinda guy.

  • Garry_Owen
  • Steve

    I get that side of it. They might think getting the kid as many reps as possible is the most important thing, and the presence of Barnidge limits that. I won’t argue for either way being the better choice. But if the surprise is that people think Barnidge is a pretty good player who might help them win games, I’m left scratching my head at what people think this team is actually trying to do.

  • Garry_Owen

    Yeah, that’s definitely not it for me. I love having a young team, but there may be a point where “young” goes just a little too far? There’s a lot to be said for having those guys around that know the tricks of the trade. But maybe I’m over-thinking the simplicity of this game.

  • Harv

    I must be in the minority but I didn’t see anything special about DeValve last year. He caught a big pass in one game; so did Barnidge. Oh well, maybe I’m irrationally partial to a horrible team keeping the mediocre you know v. the anonymous guy you don’t.

  • tigersbrowns2
  • Saggy

    Classic

  • mgbode

    same

  • mgbode

    I irrationally loved Barnidge for all the work he did w/ the military and movie community nights, etc. So, I cannot comment other than to say I agree with you here Harv.

  • Natedawg86

    $$$$$$, age and development. Can’t develop all 3. Devalve and dJOE-ku will be seasoned when the Browns are ready to make a run in 2019

  • Harv

    ah, so 2019 is the year. Been wondering.

  • Pat Leonard

    DeValve was out injured for most of training camp so he got a late start and wasn’t really up to speed until later in the season. If I remember right, he was the highest SPARQ guy from last year’s draft… kid’s athletic as heck, but didn’t get much of a chance to show it last year.

    My big question is whether he’s really a huge wide receiver rather than a tight end. I don’t think I want to see him blocking inline much, if at all.

  • Natedawg86

    well, its not 2017, and if we are just getting a QB (?) in 2018 give him a year THEN ___________

  • Natedawg86

    Really, truly helping other teams out looking for a serviceable tight end too. If I was looking to draft one, maybe take a flyer on Barnidge for a year or two? Some team will prob sign him soon probably before end of the weekend.

  • Natedawg86

    Does this infer Chris thinks he is either 1-off the team and not on another team or 2- the third QB or practice squad qb?

  • Pat Leonard

    He may just be channeling his inner oribiasi today. That’s all I can figure.

  • Saggy

    Not sure I’ve ever seen this but as of right now it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen

  • Saggy

    Ninjago is the truth. Barnidge is old and expendable.

  • Eric G

    I’m mostly going to miss the Barn+Bridge references. I know the Texts From Ray bit is over, but I guess this just officially means the end.

    I did like him though. I felt like he was still productive, but that could just be selective memory.

  • woofersus

    Maybe, but I wouldn’t expect him to be a big producer for anybody. There may have been some element of scheme fit contributing, but he was 31, owed around $7M over the next two years, and wasn’t that productive last season. The chances of him improving much were low.

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