Market for tight ends bottoms out

Market for tight ends bottoms out
March 17, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Although the Redskins are pressed up against their penalty-reduced salary cap, it’s possible the team will opt to create space by restructuring a contract or asking another player to take a pay cut. After all, they have holes to fill.

We’ve already looked at the cornerbacks and free safeties who remain on the open market. Now, it’s time to see which tight ends are left (warning: as of Sunday morning, it was slim pickings). 

Name: Fred Davis

Former team: Redskins

The skinny: The top tight end left unsigned, the Redskins would be wise to lock up another one of their own. But establishing market value for a talented 27-year old coming off an Achilles’ injury and who is a single off the field slip-up from a one-year ban ain’t easy. The Browns are widely reported to be the other team courting the Toledo, Ohio native.

Name: Ben Watson

Former team: Browns

The skinny: At 32, he doesn’t fit the prototypical Redskins’ free agent profile. But last season he snagged 49 balls for 501 yards and three touchdowns and, according one report, figures to draw minimum-salary offers. Watson could be a short-term solution if Davis is lured away and the Redskins believe they still need a pass catching threat.

Name: Dallas Clark

Former team: Buccaneers

The skinny: He’ll be 34 by opening day next season, so like Watson, he’s older than the type free agent the Redskins would normally target. But after a couple of injury-plagued years, Clark stayed mostly healthy in 2012 and finished the season with 47 receptions for 435 yards and four touchdowns. It’s hard to get past his age and injury history, but given how shallow the pool is for TEs, teams in search of a pass catcher don’t have many choices.