CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns are facing several important decisions regarding free agency as the NFL's legal tampering period begins Monday and free agency begins Wednesday, and they've made one of those decisions—placing a tender on restricted free agent KhaDarel Hodge, the team announced.
Hodge was an invaluable asset to the Browns last season, building an undeniable chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield in the absence of Odell Beckham Jr. and coming up clutch when called upon. All 11 of Hodge’s receptions during the regular season resulted in a first down for Cleveland for a total of 180 receiving yards.
The Browns claimed Hodge off waivers in 2019 and he's established himself as both a special teams staple and a reliable receiver in that time.
Dealing with hamstring injuries and being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list found Hodge playing in just nine games last season.
Cleveland also recently tendered exclusive-rights free agents tight end Stephen Carlson and defensive end Porter Gustin.