Austin Hooper is close to a deal with the Cleveland Browns that will make him the NFL's highest-paid tight end, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Hooper told ESPN's Adam Schefter that he is "definitely leaning Cleveland."

"Unless something comes up unexpected, then no question Cleveland is the leader," Hooper told Schefter.

Fowler also reports that the Browns are the clear leader to land Hooper.

Hooper, 25, is coming off his best NFL season, with 75 catches for 787 yards and six touchdowns in 2019.