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Browns sign TE Rico Gathers, cut TE/FB Orson Charles

The Browns added another tight end who can play power forward, signing Rico Gathers on Sunday. 

He will open the season serving a one-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was arrested Aug. 31 in Texas for marijuana possession and pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor charge.

The Browns waived tight end/fullback Orson Charles to make room on the 90-man roster. 

Gathers (6-foot-6, 281 pounds) played basketball at Baylor.


No. 2 tight end Demetrius Harris (6-7, 230) played basketball at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Gathers was a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2016 and has appeared in 15 regular-season games with four starts. He has three catches for 45 yards.

Charles started two of 13 games last year as the Browns’ No. 1 fullback. He had three catches for 23 yards and no rushes. 

The Browns signed fullback Joe Kerridge on Saturday.

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