Just a few quick bits of information, regarding some of the recent free agent signings in the National Football League.
For starters, according to Jeff Saturday’s agent, the contract he signed with the Packers is a two-year deal. This was a smart move by Packer General Manager Ted Thompson, who gives himself some long-term flexibility by signing Saturday for two seasons, because as long as he holds up physically, the Packers won’t have to replace him until 2014, which gives them time to draft and develop their next starting center.
The Denver Broncos continue their busy streak, as they signed former Colts tight end Jacob Tamme to a three-year deal Friday worth $9 million according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This move coupled with yesterday’s signing of former Texans tight end Joel Dressen, probably means that Dallas Clark will not be joining Peyton Manning in Denver.
However, Manning did have a lot of success throwing the ball to Jamme in 2010, when Clark missed 12 games, connecting with him on 67 passes for over 631 yards and four touchdowns. Tamme only had 18 receptions last season but had limited opportunities, yet he has a proven connection to Manning, which is why this moves makes sense.
Dressen, who signed with Denver for three years $8.5 million, had 28 receptions for 353 yards and six touchdowns last season for Houston. After starting his career as more of a blocking tight end, Dressen has become a very productive receiver averaging 30 catches and 397 yards with 10 total touchdowns over the last three seasons.
I speculated a few days ago on this blog that Dallas Clark could be a possible fit in Denver, as the team was in need of a tight end, yet after the Broncos signed Tamme and Dressen, it seems the addition of Clark is highly unlikely. Clark will turn 33 in June and is coming off back-to-back injury prone seasons, which were his least productive seasons since his rookie year.
With that in mind, the Broncos probably have serious doubts about how much Clark would be able to contribute next season and whether or not he can make it through a 10th NFL season relatively healthy.
Clark seemed to be a logical fit in Denver, given his relationship with Manning, however the same was thought about Saturday, yet he ended up in Green Bay, so it appears the Broncos will not be adding as many old colt teammates of Manning as previously thought.
As far as Clark is concerned, this may signal teams have real concerns about his durability and because of that, it may take Clark a while to find a new team. Some teams may be inclined to wait till after the draft to fill their needs at this point, so Clark remain on the market a while. Yet, when some team does come calling, it could be getting a bargain, because as long as Clark stays healthy, he should be a fairly productive player.
This is pure speculation, but in my opinion Clark would fit beautifully in New York with Eli Manning. The Giants are in need of a tight end as Jake Ballard is coming off an ACL injury. The team did sign Martellus Bennett away from Dallas but he has never lived up to his status as a 2nd-round pick and Clark would seem to be a much better pass-catching option.
A few other free agents moves from Friday to report include Jamal Anderson, a former first round pick of the Atlanta Falcons who played with the Colts last season, notching 24 tackles and three sacks, signed with the Bengals, according to his twitter account. The Vikings were busy re-signing wide receiver Devin Aromashodu and linebacker Erin Henderson to new deals, while the Ravens re-signed lineback Jameel McLain and agreed to terms with former Chicago cornerback Corey Graham.
The Vikings also had interest in recever/returner Ted Ginn but he ultimately re-signed with the 49ers yesterday. Ginn caught ony 19 passes for 220 yards but averaged 12.9 yards on punt returns and 27.6 yards on kick returns, to go along with two return touchdowns last season.
Also, former St. Louis Ram Donnie Avery, who averaged 50 receptions a season from 2008-2009 but has been hampered with injuries the past two seasons, signed with the Colts. Avery caught just 3 passes for 45 yards last season with the Titans but because of his speed could be viewed as a potential replacement for Pierre Garcon, if he can remain on the field.
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