Tight end free agent menu: Giants will be shopping, Cowboys could be too

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)

TE Age Rec Yards TD
Fred Davis 26 59 796 3
Jermichael Finley 25 55 767 8
Visanthe Shiancoe 32 36 409 3
Scott Chandler 27 38 389 6
Joel Dreessen 30 28 353 6
Bo Scaife 31 36 318 4
Randy McMichael 33 30 271 0
Daniel Fells 28 19 256 3
Leonard Pope 28 24 247 1
Kellen Davis 26 18 206 5
Jacob Tamme 27 19 177 1
Martellus Bennett 25 17 144 0
Dante Rosario 27 7 117 0
Donald Lee 32 11 115 0
Kris Wilson 31 6 73 0
Billy Bajema 29 9 71 0
Reggie Kelly 35 1 7 0
John Carlson 28 DNP DNP DNP

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  21. Immynimmy says:

    The FA TEs and the TE draft class leave a lot to be desired:

    Dwayne Allen – Recieving threat, great blocker (easily the best blocking TE in the draft imo)
    Coby Fleener – I can see him as a Owen Daniels/Greg Olsen type player
    Michael Egnew – Never really watched him. Heard his name a few times, that’s about it
    Orson Charles – Small, not a good blocker, deep threat

    They will all be good TEs, but I don’t think any of them are worth 1st round picks.

  22. Free Plax says:

    Tight End FA’s looks depressing, did any TE’s look good at the Senior Bowl Jimmy?

    1. Very weak position there that week.

  23. Anders says:

    I think Giants and Cowboys should look in the draft for a TE. I think the Eagles should explore the idea of 2 TE sets more as they was very effective running out of it and Harbor has the potential to be used as a HB/TE hybrid like Hernandez from the Patriots.

  24. KJ Brophy says:

    If Finley isn’t franchised I wonder if the Eagles go after him? Spadaro mentioned him in his column yesterday & it just seemed so random since like you said we’re set with Celek & Harbor but then I thought even though Celek finished the year awesome his first half was atrocious & a lot of Eagles fans(including myself) wanted Harbor to replace him. Also Finley would definitely be an upgrade over Celek, I’m fine either way though

    1. Immynimmy says:

      Last thing we need is a guy that runs his mouth and can’t catch.

  25. Out Bennett in Coby Fleener.

  26. BBI says:

    Don’t think we go with a big name in FA. Probably go with a blocking TE and try to get one in the draft. We are sufficiently cap strapped as is, and have a bunch of priority free agents this coming offseason.

    Daniel Fells, Leonard Pope or Kellen Davis all look like good fits (though Davis might need to improve his blocking)

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