The Browns will release tight end Darren Fells, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Sunday.
Profootballtalk.com was first to report the impending move, adding the Browns tried to trade the veteran but weren’t able to find a taker.
Fells, 32, was solid in his only year with the Browns but is considered more of a blocker than a receiver. With new coach Freddie Kitchens and new coordinator Todd Monken in charge of the offense, a change was desired.
Fells (6-foot-7, 270 pounds) played in all 16 games in 2018 with 11 starts, catching 11 passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns. He was signed as a free agent last March.
The Browns have Seth DeValve and unproven Pharaoh Brown behind starter David Njoku and would be expected to add another tight end or two through free agency and/or the draft. The draft is deep at the position.