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Gary Barnidge | Tight End | #82

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/22/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 250
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (141) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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Gary Barnidge (sports hernia) expects to be ready for training camp.
Barnidge is less than a week removed from surgery. Returning for the start of camp is in line with his timetable if he avoids setbacks. Fourth-round pick Seth DeValve has been getting first-team minicamp reps in Barnidge's place. Jun 8 - 6:07 PM

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Gary Barnidge underwent sports hernia surgery on Thursday.

The surgery will sideline him for the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready to go when training camp opens. Coming off a breakout season, Barnidge will remain a focal point of new coach Hue Jackson's offense, especially in the red zone. He is a solid TE1 despite this surgery.
Jun 2 - 10:02 AM

Gary Barnidge caught 8-of-13 targets for 66 yards Week 17 against the Steelers.

Like Travis Benjamin, Barnidge came out of almost nowhere to help fill the huge pass-catching void on the Browns’ roster. A 30-year-old, eight-year veteran, Barnidge easily crushed his career totals entering the season with 79 receptions for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. All three numbers were top-five at the position, and the touchdowns tied the Browns' single-season record held by Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome. Signed to a three-year contract extension in December, Barnidge will return as one of Cleveland’s top pass-catching options next season. He will be a solid TE1 selection in 2016.
Jan 3 - 6:10 PM

Gary Barnidge caught 3-of-8 targets for 47 yards in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Chiefs.

Barnidge led the team in targets, seeing three more than Travis Benjamin, but Johnny Manziel completed just 13-of-32 passes. Manziel missed a wide-open Barnidge on the opening drive for what might have gone for an 88-yard touchdown down the right side. The tight end was running completely free to the corner. Barnidge doesn't have the volume with Manziel at quarterback. He'll merely be a low-end TE1 next week against Pittsburgh.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Gary Barnidge caught 3-of-4 targets for 29 yards and a touchdown Week 15 against Seattle.

All three of his catches went for important gains. The first was a seven-yard touchdown where Barnidge found space in the end zone for a scrambling Johnny Manziel. The score tied Barnidge with Ozzie Newsome for the franchise's single-season record for tight ends. The second was a first-down grab on another Manziel scramble, and he followed that up a couple plays later by barreling through a couple defenders to pick up a 3rd-and-11 in the third quarter. Barnidge showed good rapport with Manziel after the quarterback escaped the pocket, and he now has a touchdown in each of Manziel's last three starts. Despite a tough matchup next week, Barnidge will remain a TE1.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:23:00 PM

Gary Barnidge caught 5-of-7 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' Week 14 win over the 49ers.

Barnidge came into the game questionable, but looked fully healthy. His role didn't change with Johnny Manziel starting. Barnidge's touchdown was a two-yard pass over 49ers S Eric Reid. With Brian Hartline (collarbone) out for the year, Barnidge should see heavy targets against the Seattle in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Gary Barnidge (ankle) and Travis Benjamin (shoulder) are active for Week 14 against the 49ers.

Brian Hartline (hip) is also active. Johnny Manziel will have his full complement of weapons for his first start since Week 10. The Browns inactives are WR Andrew Hawkins, CB Joe Haden, WR Taylor Gabriel, CB Justin Gilbert, OL Gabe Ikard, CB Pierre Desir, and WR Dwayne Bowe.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 11:32:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Gary Barnidge (ankle) is "good to go" for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Travis Benjamin (shoulder) is also expected to play, which means Johnny Manziel should have his full complement of weapons. Barnidge hasn't played as well with Manziel under center, though he did catch six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in Manziel's last start against Pittsburgh. Barnidge, who was recently rewarded with a three-year contract extension, will be a no-brainer TE1 this week and for the rest of the year.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 08:55:00 AM

Gary Barnidge (ankle) is questionable for Week 14 against the 49ers.

Travis Benjamin (shoulder) and Brian Hartline (hip) are also questionable. Barnidge has been limited in practice all week. It'd be a surprise if he wasn't able to suit up as a top-six TE1 on Sunday. All three should be considered more on the probable side of questionable, but we're merely guessing based on the (very limited) available data and practice reports.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 12:58:00 PM

Gary Barnidge's three-year contract extension is worth $12.3 million and includes "a little over" $5.5 million guaranteed.

It's close to the deal Owen Daniels signed with Denver last offseason. Barnidge will turn 31 next season and is winding down what has been a true breakout year. Daniels just turned 33 last month. Barnidge is getting a hefty raise after making $1.2 million in 2015. It's a stronger deal for the Browns, who are getting a top-five receiving tight end for mid-range starter money.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Gary Barnidge (ankle) remained limited on Thursday.

There's been no indication Barnidge's Week 14 status is in doubt. He'll be a mid-range TE1 with Johnny Manziel at the controls for Cleveland.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 06:30:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Gary Barnidge's extension is for three years and "north" of $12 million.

It's an eminently fair offer. It rewards Barnidge for his late breakout without committing crazy cash to a 30 year old with one productive season. There are likely incentives which push the deal "north" of $12 million.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Browns signed TE Gary Barnidge to a contract extension.

The details are not yet known, but it likely includes some guaranteed money through at least 2017. Barnidge had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. A journeyman former fifth-rounder, Barnidge has exploded in his age-30 season, catching 60 passes for 817 yards and seven touchdowns through 12 games. He's made highlight-reel plays on a regular basis. Late "breakouts" can be mirages, but Barnidge has put enough on film and the stat-sheet to warrant a new deal in Cleveland. At this point, there's little reason to doubt he'll be a TE1 in 2016.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 02:37:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns are nearing an extension with TE Gary Barnidge.

Barnidge has been the most surprising breakout player of the year. Entering his age-30 season with just 44 receptions to his name across 92 career games, Barnidge has exploded for 60 catches, 817 yards and 7 touchdowns in just 12 games. All three numbers are better than his career marks entering the season, and he is currently third among all tight ends in receiving yards. Despite the breakout, giving an older player with one good season of production under his belt a long-term deal with a lot of guaranteed money is not a great plan. Cleveland had to keep Barnidge around following a great season, but the numbers on the deal will be interesting to see.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 01:19:00 PM

Gary Barnidge (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Barnidge suffered the injury last week, but only missed a few snaps. Coach Mike Pettine expects him to play Sunday. Barnidge is a lower-end TE1 with Johnny Manziel starting.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 04:50:00 PM

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