According to a report from ESPN Insider Adam Caplan, former Philadelphia Eagles tight end, James Casey, is set to meet with the Arizona Cardinals and the Denver Broncos.
Because Casey was released from his contract with the Eagles, he is considered a street free agent and is therefor free to sign with any team before free agency officially starts on March 10th. He was drafted in 2009 by the Houston Texans and played there through the 2012 season. In March of 2013, Casey signed a three-year deal with the Eagles, playing only two years out of the contract.
Being drafted in 2009 by the Texans, Casey has experience working with the new Broncos coaching staff and he knows what they want from him on and off the field. Throughout his whole career, Casey has been a fullback/tight end hybrid--a position that has become popular in today’s game. That role is similar to what James Develin and Will Tukuafu for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.
In his four years with the Texans, Casey caught 66 passes on 95 targets for 752 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran the ball twice. After signing with the Eagles, he did next to nothing, contributing just 6 catches for 90 yards.
Since his rookie season in 2009, Casey has played 174, 163, 387, 668, 168, and 173 snaps in each season, respectively. His last two years in Houston saw his role increase from primarily just a blocker, to a more balanced weapon. Blocking is where Casey made his name, however. He is a really good run and pass blocker, which makes him a better fit at fullback than tight end for the Broncos.
As a fit with the Broncos, Casey would add a fullback/tight end hybrid skill-set. If the Broncos re-sign Virgil Green and sign Casey, that would give them two blocking tight end/fullback hybrid players to work with on offense. It also adds to how they can line the players up and use them on the grid-iron.
Casey did not meet the Eagles expectations, hence his release. He would be a cheap signing for the Broncos who either gives them a fullback, or adds to depth at tight end, where the team only has one player under contract for next season.