Kyle Miller
Falcons waive tight end Kyle Miller
Kyle Miller, TE, ATL
5/3/2015
News: The Falcons announced on Sunday that they have waived tight end Kyle Miller

Miller was with the Falcons' practice squad in 2014. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jaguars in 2012. 

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Martellus Bennett
John Fox: Bears don't expect to trade Martellus Bennett during draft
Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI
4/30/2015
News: Bears tight end Martellus Bennett skipped a voluntary minicamp earlier this week, leading to reports that the team had placed him on the trading block. 

Coach John Fox said that he expected Bennett to still be on the Bears' roster when the draft ended on Saturday, per ChicagoFootball.com

Despite that vote of confidence, Fox made it clear he wasn't happy with Bennett's decision to sit out the camp. 

"You know, again, I've talked to him, I know where he is, and like I said yesterday, with anyone who isn't here, I'd prefer they be here, but he's part of our football team and we'll leave it at that," Fox said.

When asked if he considered Bennett a part of Chicago's long-term plans, Fox said, "That's a tough question to answer on anybody. I don't know yet. We're just evaulating practice ... and this is our first opportunity this week."

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Tom Crabtree
Former Packers Saints TE Tom Crabtree retires from football
Tom Crabtree, TE, NO
4/30/2015
News: Former Packers, Buccaneers and Saints tight end Tom Crabtree announced his retirement from the NFL on Twitter, Thursday morning.

Crabtree played with the Packers from 2009 to 2012, winning a Super Bowl with the team in 2010. He played for the Bucs in 2013 and Saints in 2014. 

Crabtree retires with 22 career receptions for 323 yards and five touchdowns. 

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Dennis Pitta
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta hopeful for 2015 return
Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
4/25/2015
News: Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta hopes to take the field in time for the 2015 season, but admits it's too early to determine if that goal can become a reality.

Pitta has undergone surgeries to repair a fractured and dislocated hip in each of the last two years.

"We still have some time to be able to assess where I'm at," Pitta told the Baltimore Sun. "I sure hope that I'll be on the field next year. That's my hope; that's my goal. We'll just see if I can get there."

Pitta has played in just seven games in the last two seasons combined.

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Bear Pascoe
Bears agree to terms with tight end Bear Pascoe
Bear Pascoe, TE, CHI
4/23/2015
News: The Bears signed tight end Bear Pascoe to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

In 2014, Pascoe caught two receptions for three yards and one touchdown while playing for the Falcons.

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Troy Niklas
Cardinals clear TE Troy Niklas (ankle) for team activities
Troy Niklas, TE, ARI
4/21/2015
News: Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas is able to participate in team activities, reports Fox Sports 910.

Niklas was placed on injured reserve after undergoing ankle surgery last season.

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Cory Harkey
Report: Rams sign S Rodney McLeod, TE Cory Harkey to RFA tenders
Cory Harkey, TE, STL
4/20/2015
News: The Rams have reportedly signed safety Rodney McLeod and tight end Cory Harkey to their restricted free agent tenders, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Harkey had eight catches for 55 yards and a touchdown last season while McLeod totaled 72 tackles with two interceptions in 16 games.

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Marcedes Lewis
Report: Jaguars restructure contract of Marcedes Lewis
Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC
4/18/2015
News: The Jaguars restructured the contract of tight end Marcedes Lewis, according to a report by Jacksonville.com.

Lewis did not receive an extension. This year will be the last year of his contract. The restructuring should reduce his cap number, which is currently $8.2 million. 

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Phillip Supernaw
Ravens' Supernaw, Trawick, Melvin, Jensen sign EFA tenders
Phillip Supernaw, TE, BAL
4/17/2015
News: The Ravens announced on Friday that tight end Phillip Supernaw, safety Brynden Trawick, cornerback Rashaan Melvin and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen signed their exclusive-rights free agent tenders.

Supernaw was mostly a reserve in 2014 and had two catches for 27 yards. Trawick is a backup safety that plays on special teams coverage units. Melvin was signed off of the Dolphins' practice squad after injuries decimated the cornerbacks. Jensen was a 2013 draft pick that ended up spending the majority of 2014 on the practice squad.

 

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Antonio Gates
Chargers TE Antonio Gates seeking to scale back workload
Antonio Gates, TE, SD
4/16/2015
News: Old Man River, otherwise known as Antonio Gates, has barely missed a beat well beyond the years in which most players have settled into their retirements. But Gates, who will turn 36 in June, is finally looking to lessen his workload next season.

Gates played 787 snaps in 2014, which ranked 17th at his position and proved far more than many younger tight ends. He was also more productive than nearly all of them with 69 catches for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns, the second-highest total of his career. But while promoting a boxing match in Detroit, he told Monday Morning Quarterback that he would like to scale it back in 2015.

"With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season," he said. "I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I'd like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That's what my contribution is at anyway."

His plan would give young, athletic Ladarius Green a chance to emerge as the primary tight end for the Chargers. Green took a step back last year with just 19 receptions for 226 yards and no scores after racking up 376 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.

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