3 Browns Alex Van Pelt Can Lure to the Patriots

With Alex Van Pelt being named the Patriots' new offensive coordinator, here are three Browns free agents that could be of interest to New England.

Nov 12, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) reacts after
Nov 12, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) reacts after / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Harrison Bryant

With Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki set to become unrestricted free agents in March, there’s a chance that the Patriots can’t re-sign one of them. 

If that’s the case, New England should look to sign young tight end Harrison Bryant, who is also an unrestricted free agent. The 25-year-old pass catcher has spent the last few seasons with the Browns as the No. 2 tight end behind David Njoku. 

The former Florida Atlantic standout produced 13 receptions (20 targets) for 81 yards and three touchdowns this season. While it was great to see Bryant still find the end zone, his receptions and yards production went down considerably.

One of the reasons why Bryant didn’t see a lot of targets is due to the emergence of David Njoku in the Browns’ offense. Njoku became one of the top receiver targets, posting career-highs across the board with 81 receptions (123 targets) for 882 yards and six touchdowns.

If Bryant were to land with the Patriots this offseason, he would see an uptick in production as we saw how successful Njoku was in Van Pelt’s offense. Also, the Patriots wide receivers leave a lot to be desired. Keep an eye on Bryant, especially if Henry or Gesicki get a major payday from another team looking for a starting tight end.