Je'Ron Hamm
49ers' Je'Ron Hamm: Sidelined in minicamp
Je'Ron Hamm, TE, SF
4/26/2017
News: Hamm (leg) did not participate in the Wednesday's minicamp practice, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.

Hamm is presumably still in recovery from the leg injury he sustained in pregame warmups during the 49ers' 2016 season finale. No timetable was provided for his return.

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Blake Bell
49ers' Blake Bell: Sits out with cut forehead
Blake Bell, TE, SF
4/26/2017
News: Bell (head) did not participate in Wednesday's minicamp practice due to a cut forehead, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.

It isn't clear how long Bell could be sidelined, but it shouldn't be long. He'll enter the summer as the 49ers' No. 4 tight end behind Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen.

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Gabe Holmes
Raiders' Gabe Holmes: Returns to full health
Gabe Holmes, TE, OAK
4/24/2017
News: Holmes (ankle) has returned to full health, CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair reports.

Holmes missed the entire 2016 season after suffering a severe high-ankle sprain in training camp. Although he's now recovered from the injury, Holmes looks set to enter the 2017 campaign buried on the depth chart under Jared Cook, Clive Walford and Lee Smith.

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Eric Ebron
Lions' Eric Ebron: Fifth-year option may be declined
Eric Ebron, TE, DET
4/21/2017
News: Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the team hasn't decided if it will exercise the fifth-year option on Ebron's contract, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. "It's a possibility," Quinn said. "We're still in the process of evaluating Eric's situation. We have until May 2, so we'll use our time."

The Lions' decision could depend on what the team does in a draft which offers a strong crop of tight ends. The 10th overall selection in the 2014 draft, Ebron has been held back by injuries, drops and shaky blocking through his first three seasons, but he did catch 61 of 86 targets for 711 yards and a touchdown in only 13 games last year. While he hasn't developed quite the way the Lions were hoping, the 24-year-old tight end is already a capable starter and seemingly possesses untapped upside. Ebron's fifth-year option would lock him in for 2018 at a salary around $8-9 million, but the Lions could potentially lower that cap hit by working out an extension.

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Brent Celek
Eagles' Brent Celek: Takes salary reduction
Brent Celek, TE, PHI
4/20/2017
News: Celek agreed to a decrease in his 2017 base salary from $4 million to $3 million, CSN Philly reports.

The move opens up more cap space for the Eagles, and the 32-year-old remains with the only NFL team he has ever known. Although listed as the number-two tight end on the Eagles' depth chart, Celek was surpassed as a receiving option last season by third-year TE Trey Burton, who was targeted 60 times compared to Celek's 19. Barring injury to starter Zach Ertz, Celek's 2017 role should mostly come as a blocker.

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Josh Hill
Saints' Josh Hill: Present for offseason training activities
Josh Hill, TE, NO
4/20/2017
News: Hill (leg) was present at the Saints training facility Monday for the start of the team's offseason workout program, reports Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune. Hill broke his fibula last December was finished the season on injured reserved.

In addition to his broken leg, Hill was also sidelined early in the season with a sprained ankle. In all, the tight end appeared in only nine games in 2016, finishing with 15 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. While his overall numbers were underwhelming, Hill quietly become a key member of the Saints offense as a versatile blocker and occasional pass catcher in his fourth season. In fact, he was playing about 66 percent of New Orleans' snaps over the seven games before he suffered the season-ending injury -- a likely contributing factor to fellow tight end Coby Fleener's disappointing first year in New Orleans. Assuming Hill is at full strength, which is likely given the nature of his injury, he should again see significant playing time for the Saints.

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Matt Lengel
Patriots' Matthew Lengel: Re-signs with Patriots
Matt Lengel, TE, NE
4/19/2017
News: Lengel signed his tender with the Patriots on Tuesday.

Lengel played in six games for New England last season, catching two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown. He'll likely be the team's No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski (back) and Dwayne Allen in 2017.

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Erik Swoope
Colts' Erik Swoope: Signs tender with Colts
Erik Swoope, TE, IND
4/19/2017
News: Swoope signed his free agent tender with Indianapolis, Joe Spears of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Swoope had just 15 receptions, 297 yards, and one touchdown in 2016, but he's poised for a larger role in the Colts' offense this year. With Dwayne Allen gone, Swoope will share the tight end duties with Jack Doyle in an offense that is ripe with two-TE formations.

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Cameron Brate
Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Signs exclusive rights tender Monday
Cameron Brate, TE, TB
4/18/2017
News: Brate officially signed his one-year exclusive rights tender Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The emerging tight end was tendered Feb. 28 but officially inked his deal Monday. Brate projects as a key component of the Bucs offense in the coming season after a breakout campaign that saw him set career highs in receptions (57), yards (660) and touchdowns (10), although DeSean Jackson's arrival figures to eat into some of the 81 targets he saw in 2016.

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Tyler Eifert
Bengals' Tyler Eifert: Isn't sure if he'll be ready for camp
Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
4/18/2017
News: Eifert (back) said his back feels great, yet he isn't sure if he will be ready for the start of training camp, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports.

Eifert seemed to hint last week that he expected to be ready for camp, but he may have been referring to Week 1 when he said he'd be "ready to go by the time it's go time". Still recovering from December back surgery, the 26-year-old tight end only resumed running a few weeks ago and still isn't quite moving at full speed. He also needs to build up his strength, as he's spent much of the past 11 months rehabbing -- first for his ankle and now his back. Despite playing at less than full strength for most of last season, Eifert was a major pass-catching threat when available, hauling in 29 passes for 394 yards and five touchdowns in only five games. Even with the durability concerns, he'll be a clear top-10 option at tight end if he's ready to go by Week 1.

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