Browns sign TE Gathers

Field Level Media

August 11, 2019 at 5:25 pm.

The Cleveland Browns signed tight end Rico Gathers on Sunday and released tight end/fullback Orson Charles.

The Dallas Cowboys, who selected Gathers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, waived him earlier this week.

Gathers played college basketball at Baylor, and the Cowboys drafted him in hopes he’d become the next Antonio Gates, who turned into an All-Pro with the Chargers franchise after a basketball career at Kent State.

But in three years in Dallas, Gathers caught just three passes for 45 yards.

If he makes the final roster in Cleveland, Gathers must serve a one-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

The discipline is related to Gathers’ arrest on Aug. 31, 2018, in Frisco, Texas, on suspicion of marijuana possession. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in March and avoided jail time.