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TE Kellen Davis visiting Browns today


Former Bears tight end Kellen Davis is visiting the Browns today, a league source confirmed.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to report the visit.

Davis started 15 games in each of the last two seasons, but the Bears weren’t pleased with his production and cut him after signing Martellus Bennett earlier this month.

Davis (6-foot-7, 267 pounds) caught 19 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. He had 18 catches for 206 yards and five touchdowns in 2011.

Davis, 27, was a fifth-round pick out of Michigan State in 2008. He has 47 career catches for 529 yards, an 11.3 average and 11 touchdowns.

Jordan Cameron returns for his third season and the Browns signed Gary Barnidge from Carolina, but they continue to look to improve the tight end position. Benjamin Watson, the starter the last three years, signed with New Orleans this week.

New coach Rob Chudzinski and coordinator Norv Turner feature the tight end prominently in their offenses. The Browns reportedly also have interest in Fred Davis, who’s spent his career with the Redskins.

The Bears hoped Kellen Davis could help quarterback Jay Cutler in the passing attack, signing Davis to a two-year, $6 million deal before last season. But they signed Bennett on the first day of free agency to take his place.

“Kellen had a rough year,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said after the season. “The Kellen Davis that I saw caught the ball in the end zone the previous year. High percentage of his total career catches, which were not that high, were end zone catches, reliable in that area. Has shown the ability, just for whatever reason hasn’t been able to be consistent. I know that is an area he is going to work on and he is capable of improving and I know he wants to improve.”

According to Pro Football Focus, Davis had eight drops in 44 targets in 2012.

The Steelers, Saints and Bengals are also reportedly interested in signing him.


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