Browns wide receiver James Conners is expected to be traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced on Monday.
Conners, who signed a five-year, $56.5 million deal with the Browns in March, had been viewed as a likely starter at tight end since being acquired from the Buffalo Bills last offseason.
But the Steelers, who won the Super Bowl with a 10-3 record last season, moved on from him.
Conner was one of the league’s most dominant tight ends during the regular season, posting two seasons of at least 20 catches and more than 100 yards receiving.
His performance during the playoffs made him a preseason All-Pro selection.
But after going 1-of-4 on field goals in Super Bowl LI, he struggled to stay healthy.
Concomans career numbers at tight ends: 26 receptions, 621 yards, seven touchdownsConner is a versatile receiver who caught 80 passes in his first two seasons with the Patriots.
He was also a standout on special teams, where he recorded five field goals and a 50-yarder in 2012.
He’s also a threat in the red zone, where Conners recorded 20 touchdowns in eight seasons in New England.