2016 NFL Free Agents: Tight Ends

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2016 NFL Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2016.
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  1. Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers. Age: 26.
    Signed with Steelers (4 years, $20 million)

    Ladarius Green was never able to officially pass Antonio Gates on the depth chart, but perhaps he was one season away from doing so. Green, who is highly athletic, performed well when starting for the suspended Gates at the beginning of 2015.

  2. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers. Age: 36.
    Re-signed with Chargers

    Antonio Gates had a pair of brilliant seasons in 2013 and 2014, but this most recent one has been ravaged by injuries. He couldn’t even get open against the Raiders in Week 16, and Oakland struggled versus tight ends all year. Gates will turn 36 in June.

  3. Zach Miller, TE, Bears. Age: 31.
    Re-signed with Bears (2 years, $6 million)

    Zach Miller came out of nowhere to serve as a reliable target for Jay Cutler in 2015. The problem is that Miller turns 32 in October, so his success figures to be short-lived.

  4. Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cardinals. Age: 28.
    Re-signed with Cardinals (1 year)

    The stats don’t show it, but Jermaine Gresham is an effective player because of his excellent blocking ability. He hasn’t ever evolved into a solid receiver, unfortunately.

  5. Coby Fleener, TE, Colts. Age: 27.
    Signed with Saints (5 years, $36 million)

    Coby Fleener has been a big disappointment in the wake of being chosen in the second round a few years ago. He hasn’t been terrible, but his drops have been crushing. If he could put it all together, he could be pretty decent.

  6. Jared Cook, TE, Rams. Age: 29.
    Signed with Packers (1 year, $3.65 million)

    Congratulations are in order for Jared Cook, who stole a ton of money from the Rams’ organization. I hope he left the building for the final time holding a white bag with a dollar sign on it for good measure. Cook is very physically talented, but he doesn’t care about becoming a better player. He’s running out of time to overcome his extreme lethargy, but he’s still worth a shot on a 1-year “prove it” deal.

  7. Ben Watson, TE, Saints. Age: 35.
    Signed with Ravens

    Ben Watson came out of nowhere to have the best season of his career, catching 74 passes for 825 yards. Unfortunately for Watson, this success will be short-lived, as he’ll be 36 at the end of the 2016 campaign.

  8. Larry Donnell (RFA), TE, Giants. Age: 27.
    Re-signed with Giants

    A mediocre receiver and blocker, Larry Donnell was just a pedestrian starter when he was in the lineup. He missed half the 2015 campaign with a neck injury.

  9. Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts. Age: 26.
    Re-signed with Colts (4 years, $29.4 million)

    The Colts had high hopes for Dwayne Allen, and at one point, it even appeared as though he would overtake Coby Fleener as the primary tight end. However, Allen hasn’t been able to stay healthy at all. Still, he’s a great buy-low candidate.

  10. Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars. Age: 32.
    Re-signed with Jaguars (3 years, $12 million)

    Marcedes Lewis, 32 in May, is slowing down, but he’s still a terrific blocker who can catch passes somewhat well.

  11. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Buccaneers. Age: 23.
    Signed with Jets

    Austin Seferian-Jenkins was waived by the Buccaneers and went unclaimed. He has character issues and has been a career underachiever. However, he deserves another shot; he has great athletic ability and is only 23. Perhaps he’ll grow up.

  12. Scott Chandler, TE, Patriots. Age: 31.
    Scott Chandler was insurance for Rob Gronkowski, but he wasn’t needed very much. He caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in the only game Gronkowski missed. Chandler turns 31 in July, but he’s still a quality blocker and functional receiver.

  13. Vernon Davis, TE, Broncos. Age: 32.
    Signed with Redskins

    John Elway traded for Vernon Davis, and all Davis did to repay him was drop countless passes. Davis still has athletic ability, but his head isn’t in the game for some reason.

  14. Rhett Ellison, TE, Vikings. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Vikings
  15. Josh Hill (RFA), TE, Saints. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Saints
  16. Garrett Celek, TE, 49ers. Age: 28. — Re-signed with 49ers
  17. Owen Daniels, TE, Broncos. Age: 33.
  18. David Johnson, TE, Chargers. Age: 29. — Signed with Steelers
  19. Andrew Quarless, TE, Packers. Age: 27. — Signed with Lions
  20. Clay Harbor, TE, Jaguars. Age: 29. — Signed with Patriots
  21. Cooper Helfet (RFA), TE, Seahawks. Age: 27.
  22. Tim Wright (RFA), TE, Lions. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Lions
  23. Craig Stevens, TE, Titans. Age: 32. — Announced retirement
  24. Matt Spaeth, TE, Steelers. Age: 32.
  25. Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, Saints. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Saints (3 years)
  26. James Hanna, TE, Cowboys. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Cowboys (3 years, $8.25 million)
  27. Tony Moeaki, TE, Falcons. Age: 29. — Signed with Bears
  28. Kellen Davis, TE, Jets. Age: 30. — Re-signed with Jets
  29. Logan Paulsen, TE, Redskins. Age: 29. — Re-signed with Redskins (1 year)
  30. Jack Doyle (RFA), TE, Colts. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Colts
  31. Demetrius Harris (RFA), TE, Chiefs. Age: 25.

  32. Rob Housler, TE, Bears. Age: 28. — Re-signed with Bears
  33. MarQueis Gray, TE, Bills. Age: 26. — Signed with Dolphins
  34. Chase Ford (RFA), TE, Ravens. Age: 26. — Re-signed with Ravens
  35. Brandon Williams (RFA), TE, Dolphins. Age: 28.
  36. Bear Pascoe, TE, Lions. Age: 30. — Signed with Patriots
  37. Jim Dray, TE, Browns. Age: 29. — Signed with Bills
  38. Zach Sudfeld (RFA), TE, Jets. Age: 27. — Re-signed with Jets
  39. Jeff Cumberland, TE, Jets. Age: 29. — Signed with Chargers
  40. Chase Coffman, TE, Seahawks. Age: 29. — Signed with Colts
  41. Anthony McCoy, TE, Seahawks. Age: 28.
  42. Garrett Graham, TE, Texans. Age: 30. — Signed with Broncos
  43. Alex Smith, TE, Redskins. Age: 34.
  44. Daniel Fells, TE, Giants. Age: 32.

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