2009 NFL Free Agents: Tight Ends
Total Pro Sports – There are many positions that have great variety on the market but the tight end position is not one of them. There are some names that can make a difference in the lineup and be effective in certain offensive schemes. Let us take a look at what is available,
1. Owen Daniels: In only his third season in the league Owen Daniels has shown progression in each season. In 2008 Daniels caught 70 passes for 862 yards, but only 2 touchdowns. Daniel is a restricted free agent, and should return to the Houston Texans, the possession tight end was a key part of the Texans offense, catching 46 passes for first downs. Those are numbers that offensive coordinators fantasize about during preseason, and the Texans are lucky to have Daniels.
TPS Prediction: Daniels is young with above average talent at his position. In the Houston offense, any receiver who draws focus away from Andre Johnson is a vital contributor. He should be re-signed and well compensated by Houston before the free agency period is over.
2. L.J. Smth: L.J has had two down years since his breakout 2005 and 2006 seasons, with the emergence of Brent Celek, Smith may become expendable. He is a receiving tight end that could be effective on passing downs on the right roster. He has a good role with the Eagles and may resume career in Philadelphia but we will have to wait and see what happens.
TPS Prediction: I believe that the Eagles need to upgrade, are going to spend one of their two first round draft picks on Brandon Pettigrew, TE/Oklahoma State. That makes a not-so-talented Smith very expendable. He should be out of Philly in 2009.
Notable Tight Ends
Leonard Pope, Desmond Clark, Daniel Wilcox.