The Cleveland Browns announced that tight end Gary Barnidge signed a contract extension with the team on Thursday.
The Browns said Barnidge, 30, is a seventh-year veteran entering Cleveland's week 14 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers with a team-high 60 receptions and seven touchdowns. He’s second behind Travis Benjamin with 817 receiving yards.
“It’s a tremendous honor that Cleveland has the faith in me," Barnidge said. "I want to be here whenever we turn this thing around. I know we haven’t had the season we wanted this year but I’m looking forward to the future and getting everything turned around.”
Barnidge has flourished as Cleveland’s top pass-catching tight end, the Browns said. He’s caught at least five passes in eight of the past 10 games and ranks third among NFL tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
“The way Gary goes about his business every single day sets a great example for all of our players,” Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine said. “He is a testament of hard work, professionalism and a team-first mentality. I can’t say enough positive things about Gary Barnidge.”