Free-Agent Tight Ends
A listing of the wide receivers scheduled for NFL free agency in 2005. UFA=Unrestricted Free Agent; RFA=Restricted Free Agent; ERFA=Exclusive Rights Free Agent. For definitions of free-agent terms, click here. The "Best of the Bunch" is sorted by rankings from Scout.com's Lane Adkins. The "Rest of the Bunch" is sorted by free-agent type, then by most recent team. Comments provided for unrestricted free agents.
|BEST OF THE BUNCH|
|Player||Free-Agent Type||2004 Team|
|Comment: Became a go-to target for Daunte Culpepper when Randy Moss went down. Caught 50 balls in first four seasons before pacing the Vikings with 71 receptions in '04, which is why Minnesota will try to bring him back.|
|Comment: Jones still has potential for a few years of high production with excellent physical tools as a receiving tight end, but he's a poor blocker. Although he was sixth among NFC tight ends with 45 receptions, he's back only if Arizona finds nothing better.|
|Comment: Still has the ability to be a quality tight end, but with L.J. Smith as the starter Lewis might have to play at a reduced rate.|
|Comment: Is a candidate to be given a long-term deal, as he averaged 15.9 yards on 36 receptions in his first chance to get major playing time. At 6-foot-4, 256 pounds he has enough size to be an above-average blocker.|
|Comment: Lions will likely to try to re-sign the seven-year veteran. He caught 41 balls for Detroit, which is the third time he went over 40 in his career.|
|Comment: Despite three Pro Bowl appearances in five years, Franks has caught more than 36 balls only once. The Packers want him back but don't intend to break the bank to do it.|
|Comment: The10-year pro was third on team with 39 catches. At 33 his better years are behind him, but he could be an inexpensive addition to add depth at the position.|
|Comment: Reduced playing time led to a drop in production from 23 receptions this season compared to 89 over the previous two years. Candidate for a new home because Seattle has two younger tight ends.|
|Comment: Has been unhappy with his diminishing role in the offense, in which he has been used almost exclusively as a blocker. The Jets won't make an attempt to bring Becht back unless he takes a pay cut.|
|Comment: Caught on with Steelers over final month of the season and caught five balls. Will be 33 by the start of the '05 season.|
|Comment: Injuries forced him into starting role, which is a stretch. He caught just six balls for 61 yards and is better suited as a second- or third-stringer.|
|Comment: Not used often in the Rams' scheme, but could be an effective backup for another team.|
|REST OF THE BUNCH|
|Player||Free-Agent Type||2004 Team|
|Comment: A capable third-string tight end with eight years of experience.|
|Comment: The Broncos are happy with Leach as a long-snapper and know that he can play tight end in a pinch, so he's likely to return to Denver.|
|Comment: A solid and versatile performer, and considering the Broncos' cap situation he's one of the low-cost players they need on the roster.|
|Comment: It may be time for the 13-year veteran to retire after catching just three balls.|
|Comment: A thumb injury limited him to three games and the same number of receptions. Dudley has had single-digit reception totals in three of the last four years.|
|Comment: You won't see Gammon running many routes, as he's strictly a long snapper and blocking tight end.|
|Comment: The Dolphins missed Perry in ‘03 because of a preseason knee injury, which why they brought the long snapper back in ‘04. They'll likely to do it again next season.|
|Comment: Rivers can't block very well but has speed, reasonably good hands and is a top-notch special teams performer. That makes him intriguing, even to the Giants.|
|Comment: The Packers like Steele and he appears to have found a home in Green Bay after bouncing around the league for three seasons. They hope to re-sign him as the backup to Bubba Franks.|
|Comment: Martin isn't a good blocker, and considering he caught just five balls he's not a factor in the Packers offense. He has talent as a pass catcher and might be better off with a new team.|
|Comment: A veteran that is known for his toughness and intelligence.|
|Comment: Around for his ability to be an effective blocker. Had just one catch this year after being out of football in 2003.|
|Comment: Has stuck in the league for six years as an undrafted free agent and could be an option as a third tight end.|
NFL Free Agents: Tight Ends
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