Julius Thomas
Dolphins' Julius Thomas: Accepts smaller contract with new team
Julius Thomas, TE, MIA
3/24/2017
News: Thomas restructured his contract to eliminate $12.6 million, essentially turning it into a two-year, $12.2 million deal with $7.5 million guaranteed, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Thomas wouldn't have been traded if he wasn't willing to restructure the five-year, $46 million contract he signed with the Jaguars in March of 2015. He was still dealt for a pittance -- a seventh-round pick -- but the willingness to renegotiate at least helped him land with a team that looks like an excellent fit. In addition to having a clear need at tight end, the Dolphins are coached by Adam Gase, who was Thomas' offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014. The 28-year-old tight end had 24 touchdowns in 27 games between those two seasons, highlighted by a 65-788-12 receiving line in 2013 (14 games)

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Mychal Rivera
Jaguars' Mychal Rivera: Inks deal with Jaguars
Mychal Rivera, TE, JAC
3/22/2017
News: The Jaguars and Rivera agreed to a contract Wednesday, the team's official site reports.

Rivera visited some TE-needy teams this offseason (the Jets and Colts) but ultimately settled on the Jaguars, who currently roster six other players at the position. Helping his cause for playing time, though, is his stature as an H-back, from which he hauled in 146 of 230 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns during his four seasons with the Raiders. Depending on how the Jaguars emerge from this year's draft, Rivera's primary competitor for work at the moment is long-time Jag, Marcedes Lewis (calf).

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Kellen Davis
Kellen Davis: Visits Cleveland
Kellen Davis, TE, NYJ
3/21/2017
News: Davis (elbow) visited the Browns on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

After spending the first five seasons of his career with the Bears, Davis is on the verge of joining his sixth organization in as many years, three of which he's played for. The Browns were actually one of them, rostering the tight end during the 2013 offseason and preseason before axing him just before the start of the regular season. Since leaving Cleveland, he's been available for 45 games, starting 20, with the Seahawks, Lions, and Jets over the last four seasons, yet he's managed a measly six receptions (on 19 targets) for 50 yards and two touchdowns. In 2016, he was unable to haul in his only target before landing on IR with an elbow injury, so he's clearly reaching the end of the line as a professional.

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Brandon Williams
Colts' Brandon Williams: Reaches agreement with Colts
Brandon Williams, TE, IND
3/20/2017
News: Williams (concussion) signed with the Colts on Monday.

Williams arrives in Indianapolis after the team traded tight end Dwayne Allen earlier this offseason. With only Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope remaining at the position, Williams adds depth to the Colts' options, even though his four-year totals of six receptions for 80 yards are rather uninspiring.

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Ladarius Green
Steelers' Ladarius Green: Expects to take part in offseason program
Ladarius Green, TE, PIT
3/18/2017
News: Green (concussion) is aiming to return in time for the offseason program, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. "I expect to come back," Green said recently.

Green's debut with the Steelers didn't take place until Week 10 last season due to an elongated recovery from offseason ankle surgery. Boasting three catches for 30 yards after two games, he came to life over the next four outings, recording one 100-yard performance and averaging a whopping 18.3 YPC on his 15 receptions. However, yet another concussion kept him on the sideline for the final five contests, including the entirety of Pittsburgh's three-game postseason push. Considering his recent comments, Green is confident that he'll be a participant in the offseason program, but his progression through the NFL's protocol for head injuries will determine his upcoming workload.

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Luke Willson
Seahawks' Luke Willson: Re-signs with Seattle
Luke Willson, TE, SEA
3/17/2017
News: Willson re-signed Friday with the Seahawks on a one-year contract, ESPN.com's Adam Caplan reports.

The 27-year-old has been a fixture in two-tight end sets for much of his four seasons with the Seahawks, but he's provided most of his usefulness as a blocker. Willson was targeted just 21 times in 11 appearances in 2016, and he's unlikely to see much more volume during the upcoming campaign so long as Jimmy Graham enjoys relatively sound health.

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Jared Cook
Raiders' Jared Cook: Joins Raiders
Jared Cook, TE, OAK
3/16/2017
News: Cook has signed a two-year deal with the Raiders, reportedly worth up to $12.2 million, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Per the report, the first year of the the soon-to-be 30-year-old's deal is fully guaranteed. Cook, who caught 30 passes (on 51 targets) for 377 yards and a TD in 10 games for the Packers in 2016, figures to have an opportunity to supplant Clive Walford as the Raiders' top pass-catching option at tight end. In any case, he'll provide QB Derek Carr with another weapon on offense to work in tandem with top wideouts Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

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Marcedes Lewis
Jaguars' Marcedes Lewis: Could face competition via draft
Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC
3/16/2017
News: The Jaguars may use a high draft pick on a tight end to join Lewis (calf), Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Coming off an injury-shortened season, Lewis moved to the top of the depth chart when Jacksonville traded Julius Thomas to the Dolphins. A tight end group comprised of Lewis, Koyack and Sterling is far from exciting, and it's no secret the upcoming draft is strong at the position. Even if he were to enter the season atop Jacksonville's depth chart, Lewis likely would just be an ancillary piece in the passing game. He'll turn 33 in May, after missing five or more games in three of the past four seasons.

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Geoff Swaim
Cowboys' Geoff Swaim: Undergoes foot surgery
Geoff Swaim, TE, DAL
3/16/2017
News: Swaim underwent surgery on his foot and is likely out until training camp, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Swaim had a screw inserted into his foot because of an injury suffered during informal workouts. He will likely be held out until the Cowboys head for training camp in July. Swaim is mostly a blocking tight end for Dallas, as he caught a mere six passes for 69 yards during the 206 season.

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Michael Williams
Patriots' Michael Williams: Staying in New England
Michael Williams, TE, NE
3/15/2017
News: Williams (knee) has re-signed with the Patriots, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Williams suffered a torn ACL in practice last June and consequently spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve. Even when healthy, he's extremely unlikely to achieve fantasy relevance this upcoming season given his nature as an in-line blocking tight end.

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