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Veteran TE Gary Barnidge visits Bills

The Buffalo Bills are in desperate need of quality depth at tight end.

And they could be zeroing in on the best available player to provide some in veteran Gary Barnidge.

The Buffalo News confirmed a report from  NFL Network's Mike Garafolo that Barnidge – whom the Cleveland Browns released the day after making University of Miami tight end David Njoku the third of their three first-round picks in the NFL Draft – was in for a visit with the Bills Wednesday.

Barnidge, 31, has a connection with Bills coach Sean McDermott. The tight end was with the Carolina Panthers (who made him a fifth-round draft pick from Louisville in 2008) in 2011 and 2012, McDermott's first two seasons as their defensive coordinator.

Barnidge joined the Browns in 2013 as an unrestricted free agent. After having only 44 receptions through his first seven NFL seasons (he missed all of 2011 with a broken ankle), he managed to establish himself as the lone positive story on the woeful Browns in 2015, when he caught 79 passes for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns.

However, after undergoing sports-hernia surgery last June, his production dropped to 55 catches for 612 yards in 2016.

After Charles Clay, the Bills are thin at tight end with nothing special in a group that includes Nick O'Leary, Blake Annen and Logan Thomas.

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