The Browns have given TE Evan Moore a second-round restricted free-agent tender, a source close to the situation confirmed Thursday. Moore, 26, caught 16 passes for 322 yards and one TD in 2010. He was targeted 26 times. Moore appeared in 12 games, starting four. He was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury in December.
If the NFL and NFLPA retain the same rules for restricted free agency in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, Moore will be able to sign an offer sheet with another club, but the Browns will have a right to match. Should the Browns decline to match, they would receive a second-round pick.
The 6-6, 247-pound Moore, who played wide receiver at Stanford, has the ability to split out wide and was regularly deployed this way in then-Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's scheme in 2010. The value of the Browns' tender offer to Moore, an undrafted free agent who had stints with New Orleans and Green Bay before being signed to Cleveland's practice squad in 2009, signals that he'll have a role in new head coach Pat Shurmur's offense, too. In Moore and Benjamin Watson (68 catches, 763 yards, three TDs in 2010), the Browns have two tight ends who run very well and can potentially create matchup problems.