** The Browns agreed to a deal with Carolina tight end Gary Barnidge, CEO Joe Banner confirmed. Barnidge, 27, caught six passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in 2012 after missing 2011 with a broken ankle.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was the Panthers’ offensive coordinator the last two years. He said Barnidge can catch and block.
NFL.com reported Barnidge is in China helping with NFL camps and will be in Cleveland on Thursday to sign a three-year deal. Barnidge is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and has 18 career catches in four seasons.
** The Browns officially announced deals for defensive lineman Desmond Bryant and outside linebacker Quentin Groves.
According to sources, Bryant’s deal is five years, $34 million with $15 guaranteed. Groves’ is two years, $2.8 million.
** Joe Person from the Charlotte Observer reported quarterback Derek Anderson will not reunite with Chudzinski, and will likely remain the backup in Carolina. Chudzinski was Anderson’s offensive coordinator in Cleveland in 2007-08 and with the Panthers in 2011-12.
** ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported 49ers safety Dashon Goldson signed a five-year contract with Tampa Bay.
** Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis, believed to be a target of the Browns, tweeted he’s on his way to New Orleans for a visit with the Saints.