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NFL free agency: Rob Housler leaves to Cleveland Browns

No one believed he would return, though.

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The Arizona Cardinals have seen another free agent player land with another team. Tight end Rob Housler, drafted originally by the Cardinals in the third round in 2011, has signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

Housler's deal is worth a reported $1.76 million for 2015.

He had previously visited the Falcons, Bengals and Ravens without agreeing to a deal.

He joins former Cardinals teammate, tight end Jim Dray, who signed with the Browns last offseason.

Housler had a career-low nine receptions in 2014, losing almost all his playing time to free agent signing John Carlson and then to Darren Fells, who emerged as a solid option at the position late in the season.

Housler did, though, seem to make one big play per game late in the year.

He was seen mostly as a disappointment by Cardinals fans. Hyped seemingly every offseason as a guy who would have a breakout season, but never caught more than 45 passes, had more than 454 yards and only scored one career touchdown. He suffered several minor injuries and dropped several passes.

He wasn't much of a blocker in his four seasons in Arizona, but did develop into an decent run blocker last season.

Still, with Carlson appearing to get another look in 2015, the drafting of Troy Niklas and the emergence o Darren Fells, Housler didn't really have a spot left on the roster.

Arizona has now lost Housler, Sam Acho (Bears), Paul Fanaika (Chiefs), Antonio Cromartie (Jets) and Dan Williams (Raiders) in free agency.