Free agent tight end James Casey, who was recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, visited the Denver Broncos Thursday at team headquarters at Dove Valley. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, he left without consummating a deal.
Casey is on a veritable whirlwind free agency tour, having already visited with the Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars, and is scheduled to meet with the Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns, per NFL sources. For a player who busted at his last pro stop, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher as to why his services seem to be in such high demand.
With only one tight end currently under contract for 2015, the Broncos are in the market for help at the position. Julius Thomas will almost certainly leave for the greenest pastures he can find. Jacob Tamme is unlikely to be retained. Only Virgil Green remains in the team’s future plans, from all accounts.
Casey has ties to the new coaching regime in Denver, having been drafted by Gary Kubiak in Houston back in 2009. Casey is an athletic “tweener”, who can play in-line tight end and even H-back, or fullback. He has 72 career receptions for 842 yards and 6 touchdowns.
With the perception being that Casey is in hot demand, he’s likely looking for more monetary love than John Elway is willing to give to a player who so recently busted, after signing a 3-year, $14.6M contract back in 2012.
The NFL draft likely offers the Broncos the best opportunity to restock the cupboards at tight end. The 2015 tight end class is generally considered to be a weak one, but the Broncos can find one (or two) who fits what Kubiak wants and can be developed into a contributor down the road.