Browns Sign TE Alex Smith

The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent tight end Alex Smith to a one-year deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Smith, a third-round pick (71st overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Stanford by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has 132 receptions for 1,277 yards and 11 touchdowns during his five-year career.

After starting 43 of 58 games with the Buccaneers, Smith was traded to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Cut by New England after catching one pass for 3 yards during the pre-season, Smith signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he started five of 16 games and caught three passes for 25 yards.

Browns general manager Tom Heckert was the Eagles general manager last September, and the 6-4, 258-pound Smith joins a tight ends meeting room that includes former Patriots teammate Ben Watson. The Browns also have tight ends Robert Royal, Evan Moore, Greg Estandia, and undrafted free agent Troy Wagner (Indiana) on their off-season roster.

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