The Giants lost Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard to ACL tears in the Super Bowl. Ballard was a restricted free agent, so the Giants basically control his rights and would have been able to sign him to a reasonable deal, but his health is now a major question mark heading into the 2012 season. Beckum has pretty much been a bust throughout his Giants career, so his injury is less painful to take. That leaves just Bear Pascoe as the lone remaining healthy TE going into 2012. While Pascoe broke records last Sunday (he was the first TE named after a circus animal to catch a pass in the Super Bowl), he’s not exactly what you’d consider “starting NFL TE” material. Like Ballard, he’s also a restricted free agent.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, love their 2-TE sets, and have a decision to make on the extremely frustrating Martellus Bennett. Do they try to re-sign him, or are both sides just better off with a fresh start?
The Eagles and Redskins, in my opinion, don’t have much of a need here. The Eagles are in good hands with Brent Celek, and Clay Harbor still has room to grow as the #2 TE. The Redskins are expected to franchise tag Fred Davis.
Keeping in mind that the Packers are likely to slap the franchise tag on Finley if they can’t first get a long term deal done, here’s the list of available free agent tight ends. I’ve always liked Joel Dreesson, but otherwise, there’s not a lot there:
(Ages are as of Sept 1, 2012, roughly the beginning of the 2012 season)