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Cleveland Browns sign free agent tight end Jordan Akins, will reunite with QB Deshaun Watson

Akins was Watson's teammate for three seasons in Houston. The 30-year-old TE had 37 receptions for 495 yards and five TDs last season.

BEREA, Ohio — The Browns have signed free agent tight end Jordan Akins, who will reunite in Cleveland with quarterback Deshaun Watson after the two were teammates for three seasons in Houston.

Akins visited the Browns on Friday and apparently liked what he saw and heard as the team was able to work out a deal. Terms were not immediately available.

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The Browns had been looking for depth at tight end to back up David Njoku. They also have Harrison Bryant on their roster.

Akins is the first offensive free agent signed by the Browns, who have been focused on revamping their defense this offseason.

The 30-year-old Akins spent five seasons with the Texans, who drafted him in the third round in 2018. Akins started 26 games in Houston and had 151 catches for 1,755 yards and eight touchdowns.

Akins matched a career-high with 37 receptions for 495 yards and five TDs last season. 

So far, the Browns have mainly focused their energy in free agency on defense. Most notably, Cleveland signed two-time Super Bowl winning safety Juan Thornhill from Kansas City. On the defensive line, the Browns have added edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo from Houston, defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson from the Vikings, and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst from the 49ers. The Browns have also brought back linebacker Sione Takitaki on a one-year deal. Before signing Akins, the team's lone move on offense had been the re-signing of center Ethan Pocic.


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