The Top Tight Ends in Free Agency
Martellus Bennett (SIGNED; PACKERS)
Bennett is a player who is sometimes forgotten, especially playing on the same team as Rob Gronkowski last season. In the absence of Gronk, Bennett was a good blocker and pass-catcher.
UPDATE: He should provide a boost to the Packer offense and will be playing with another future Hall-of-Fame QB. This is a great signing for Green Bay.
Jared Cook (SIGNED; RAIDERS)
Last season, Cook had flashes of the brilliance everyone seems to expect from him every year. But, it seems that he never is able to fully live up to those expectations. He is a difficult player to trust, but one with great size and talent.
UPDATE: Cook signs with the Raiders, for two-years, $10.6M up to $12.2M with bonuses. This contract however, works out much like a one-year deal for the Raiders, which puts Cook in a prove-it season.
Jack Doyle (RE-SIGNED; COLTS)
Jack Doyle was a player who had a major role for the Colts this past season. He became the player for Andrew Luck to check down to and served as a security blanket in many cases as Luck was under pressure.
UPDATE: Doyle received a three-year deal with the Colts and becomes the true number one Tight End for Indy. This speaks strongly for how the Colts (and Andrew Luck of course) feel about Doyle.
Trey Burton (TENDERED; EAGLES)
Burton is a Restricted Free Agent, who has a lot of potential. With the weak Tight End class in Free Agency, Burton could bring a lot of interest. The TE class in the draft is very strong though, which could make some teams hold off on signing a Free Agent.
UPDATE: Burton was given a second-round tender by the Eagles. He will still likely be playing a reserve role, but he was a player that the Eagles clearly did not want to let get away easily.
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