2008 NFL Free Agents: Tight Ends

Scout.com's Adam Caplan takes a look at the free agent class of 2008 with an inside look at each position. This week's update focuses on the tight ends.

L.J. Smith/Philadelphia Eagles (UFA) - He's the best of a weak free agent crop, yet the former second-round pick hasn't lived up to his billing. Smith has shown flashes of talent but injuries and inconsistency have limited his play. Philadelphia usually signs players that they want to build around well before that player sees his contract end. So the fact that Smith hasn't signed an extension tells us that he may not be re-signed. He may need a change of scenery for him to realize his potential.

Ben Troupe/Tennessee Titans (UFA) - The former second-round pick has been a major underachiever since his rookie season and is almost certain not to be re-signed. Troupe still has a ton of talent and is a player who could benefit from playing elsewhere.



Others Receivers That Might Receive Some Interest

Eric Johnson/New Orleans Saints (UFA) - The oft-injured veteran did a decent job this season while playing on a one-year deal. At this point in his career, he's best used in a No. 2 role.

Kris Wilson/Kansas City Chiefs (UFA) - He was a pretty accomplished collegiate tight end and had a very good Senior Bowl week. But Wilson's problem is that he got drafted by a team that has a future Hall of Famer as the starter at his position, so Wilson was moved to fullback last season. But he has a ton of talent and could develop into a solid starter with another team.

Ben Utecht/Indianapolis Colts (RFA) - He's a big-bodied tight end who is a huge target in the passing game. Utecht has also improved as a blocker and is one of the better backups at his position around the league.


Others Likely Looking at One-Year Deals For Depth Purposes

Bryan Fletcher/Indianapolis Colts (UFA)
Billy Miller/New Orleans Saints (UFA)
Marcus Pollard/Seattle Seahawks (UFA)
Jerramy Stevens/Tampa Bay Buccaneers (UFA)
Nate Jackson/Denver Broncos (UFA)


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