James Hanna
Cowboys' James Hanna: Uncertain timetable for recovery
James Hanna, TE, DAL
2/22/2017
News: Hanna's (knee) timeline for return is unclear, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Hanna ended the 2016 season on injured reserve after requiring a second surgery in November to repair a knee injury he sustained last summer. He still has roughly two months until offseason workouts begin, but there is no indication he'll be ready to take the field by then. When healthy, Hanna could be in line to compete with Geoff Swaim for the No. 2 tight end role in 2017 with Gavin Escober set to hit free agency.

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Julius Thomas
Dolphins' Julius Thomas: Passes physical with Dolphins
Julius Thomas, TE, JAC
2/22/2017
News: Thomas (back) has passed his physical with the Dolphins, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Although his trade from Jacksonville to Miami won't take effect until the new league year starts on March 9, Thomas won't be a stranger within the offensive scheme used in his new locale. Under the instruction of offensive coordinator Adam Gase in 2013 and 2014, Thomas posted 12 touchdowns for the Broncos in both campaigns, helping him land a five-year, $46 million contract with the Jaguars in March of 2015. Gase will soon be embarking upon his second offseason program with the Dolphins, only this time he'll have a familiar face to introduce to quarterback Ryan Tannehill. If fellow tight ends Jordan Cameron (concussion) and Dion Sims both depart in free agency, Thomas will assume top TE duties and seek a bounce-back season.

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Ryan Malleck
Steelers' Ryan Malleck: Signs with Pittsburgh
Ryan Malleck, TE, NYG
2/22/2017
News: Malleck signed a contract with the Steelers on Wednesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Malleck spent training camp with the Giants in 2016 before suffering a neck injury and being released just prior to the start of the regular season. He'll have an opportunity to compete for a depth role as a tight end and a special teams player in Pittsburgh in 2017.

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Cole Wick
Lions' Cole Wick: Returns to full health
Cole Wick, TE, DET
2/20/2017
News: Wick (knee) is healthy and "itching to get back" on the field, The Detriot Free Press reports.

Wick finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing up his knee in Week 7. He declined to say whether he required surgery or not, but, regardless, he's healthy now and fully expected to attend voluntary offseason workouts in April. Outside of starter Eric Ebron, Wick is the only tight end under contract through 2017 who played a down for the Lions last year. Thus, he currently appears to be the frontrunner for No. 2 duties next season, although Detroit could always bring in competition for the role via free agency or the draft.

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Jordan Cameron
Dolphins' Jordan Cameron: Likely done in Miami
Jordan Cameron, TE, MIA
2/17/2017
News: The Dolphins are moving on from Cameron (concussion) this offseason, the Miami Herald reports.

Cameron, an unrestricted free agent, appeared in just three games for the Dolphins this past season due to concussion issues and is known to be considering retirement. Should he continue his career, it doesn't look like he'll do it in Miami.

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Luke Willson
Seahawks' Luke Willson: To test market
Luke Willson, TE, SEA
2/17/2017
News: Willson is expected to explore all his options in free agency, which could rule out a return to the Seahawks, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

Willson has reached the end of his rookie contract, meaning he's free to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. After recording 74 catches for 976 yards and seven touchdowns through his first four seasons, Willson's production is strikingly similar to that of his former college roommate, Vance McDonald, who was guaranteed $9 million over three years from the 49ers back in December. With Jimmy Graham set to count $10 million against the cap next season, and after Seattle spent a third-round pick on Nick Vannett last year, Willson could very well end up elsewhere this offseason.

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Ladarius Green
Steelers' Ladarius Green: Awaiting to be cleared of concussion symptoms
Ladarius Green, TE, PIT
2/16/2017
News: Green isn't in the NFL's protocol for head injuries, yet he hasn't received clearance from the concussion suffered in Week 15, Mark Kaboly of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

A lengthy recovery from offseason ankle surgery pushed back Green's debut as a Steeler to Week 10, but he was only active for six games before a concussion reared its head in Week 15, keeping him sidelined during the team's run to the AFC championship game. Beset by concussions in the past, there's no telling when he'll rid himself of symptoms. For Green's sake, general manager Kevin Colbert expects the tight end to be a part of the Steelers' roster next season, per Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter. Having said that, Green's recovery will likely determine Colbert's course of action in upcoming months.

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Jets' Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Reaches plea deal for DUI arrest
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, NYJ
2/16/2017
News: Seferian-Jenkins (hamstring) agreed to a plea deal Wednesday in the Hillsborough (Fla.) County Court for his DUI arrest last September, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

The incident precipitated Seferian-Jenkins' release from the Buccaneers, with whom he spent the first two seasons of his career. Shortly after he was jettisoned, the TE-needy Jets claimed him off waivers, and while he led his positional group across the board, he accounted for just 10 catches (on 17 targets) for 110 yards across seven games due to a couple of injuries. Ultimately, he missed the season finale with a hamstring issue, which shouldn't hinder his ability to participate in the offseason program. Owed $1.1 million in 2017, Seferian-Jenkins could lose a portion of his salary if the league opts to punish him for a second DUI offense.

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Zach Miller
Bears' Zach Miller: Making progress in recovery
Zach Miller, TE, CHI
2/15/2017
News: Miller is progressing well in his recovery from a fractured Lisfranc in his right foot, CSN Chicago reports. "Everything's going great. I'll be ready when we get back in April," Miller said recently. "Everything's going according to plan, ahead of schedule. ... You just gotta put in the time and the work, and when it's time to get back in April and go through OTAs I'll just build on that and work towards getting ready for training camp."

Miller confirmed the nature of his season-ending foot injury for the first time and, by proxy, what wiped away his entire 2014 campaign. Meanwhile, he set career highs in receptions (47), targets (64), and yards (486), while reaching the end zone four times in 10 games before the ailment forced him to the sideline. If he indeed fulfills his expectation and takes part in the offseason program, he'll very likely retain his role as the Bears' top tight end, though the team could strike in what's expected to be a TE-heavy draft class.

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Will Tye
Giants' Will Tye: Re-ups with Giants on one-year deal
Will Tye, TE, NYG
2/15/2017
News: Tye re-signed with the Giants on Tuesday on a one-year, $615,000 contract, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reports.

Tye, the Giants' starting tight end a season ago, was one of three exclusive rights free agents that the team re-signed. The 25-year-old hauled in 48 passes for 395 yards and a touchdown last season and barring any offseason additions at the position, Tye looks positioned to open 2017 as a starter. The Giants reportedly have no intention of re-signing former starter Larry Donnell, who is an unrestricted free agent.

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