The Cleveland Browns are expected to release tight end Darren Fells, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. The Browns had originally tried to find a partner in a potential trade involving Fells, and although the Jets and other teams showed interest, Cleveland ultimately decided to release him.
Browns release TE Darren Fells after failed effort to trade him per source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 10, 2019
Fells, nearly 33 years old, joined Cleveland last March on a three-year deal, but after a somewhat-quiet season, he hits free agency two years early. Last season, Fells started 11 games but appeared in all 16, hauling in 11 of the 12 passes thrown his way for 117 yards, including one reception for 49 yards. Fells also found the end zone three times.
The release of Fells carries a $1.4 million dead cap amount for Cleveland, but also provides aid in the form of $2.3 million in cap savings.
After receiving interest in the trade market, Fells is expected to draw lots of attention in free agency as he searches for a new home ahead of the 2019 season.