Cleveland Browns' Extension of Evan Moore a Good Move

Dan HumphreyContributor IISeptember 4, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 19: Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions unsuccessfully tires to stop Evan Moore #89 of the Cleveland Browns from scoring a touchdown during the first quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have extended the contract of tight end Evan Moore, prolonging his blossoming career in Cleveland. Since signing with the Browns as a free agent during the 2009 season, Moore has been one of the team's more productive offensive players—when healthy.

Blessed with a rare combination of size, athleticism and great hands, Moore is one of the Browns' most versatile players. The team can line up Moore as a wide receiver as well, which was his position during his collegiate career at Stanford.

With young quarterback Colt McCoy needing all the weapons possible for this season and beyond, extending the contract of Moore ensures that McCoy will have one of his favorites targets for the long-term. McCoy and Moore have developed a good relationship during the preseason, as shown by the two connecting on a pair of touchdowns against the Detroit Lions.

With his excellent combination of size and hands, Moore may be the team's best red-zone option. If he can manage to stay healthy, Moore, along with incumbent starter Benjamin Watson, give the Browns one of the better tight end groups in the NFL. And that's not including promising rookie Jordan Cameron.

The Browns' young group of receivers and tight ends have an immense amount of potential. If rookie Greg Little continues his progression, and the team continues to get consistent production from its tight ends, McCoy should have a solid core of weapons at his disposal.

Going undrafted out of college in 2009, Moore has been a steal thus far for the Browns. Still quite young at only 26 years old, Moore has yet to reach his full potential. By extending his contract, the Browns are hoping he reaches that potential while in Cleveland.