Nelson, 26, becomes the tallest receiver (6-foot-5, 214 pounds) on Cleveland’s roster, brings three years of experience and joins Greg Little as tops among the group with 32 games played. Josh Gordon, Travis Benjamin and Josh Cooper were rookies in 2012.
“David possesses very good size and hands, and has a good feel for the game,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in the release announcing the move. “He showed promise with Buffalo two years ago before missing most of last season with an injury, and we feel as though he will be a good addition to our group of wide receivers.”
Nelson could’ve been a restricted free agent, but the Bills chose not to tender him a contract. He missed the last 15 games of 2012 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the opener. He had two catches for 31 yards before the injury.
In 2011, Nelson started 13 games and played all 16. He caught 61 passes for 658 yards, a 10.8 average and five touchdowns. He debuted in 2010 and has 94 catches, 1,042 yards, an 11.1 average and eight touchdowns in 32 games.
“Hey Cleveland,” he tweeted Monday.
As the Browns finalized the deal with Nelson, they continued preparation for the draft at the end of the month.
A source confirmed BYU defensive end/outside linebacker Ziggy Ansah, Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar visited team headquarters Monday. Ansah and Floyd could be gone before the Browns pick at No. 6, but the team is doing its due diligence.
Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long, son of Howie and brother of Chris, reportedly also visited.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley tweeted he was headed to Buffalo and Cleveland for visits. He will reportedly be in town today, along with Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.
NFL.com reported LSU outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo has worked out for the Browns and will visit Wednesday.