Martellus Bennett
Patriots' Martellus Bennett: Limited at practice Wednesday
Martellus Bennett, TE, NE
5:15 PM
News: Bennett (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.

After seeing Bennett appear to tweak his knee this past Saturday against the Texans, it's not a surprise to see the tight end listed as limited Wednesday. Still, Bennett barely missed a beat afterward and is expected to be fine for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Steelers.

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Ladarius Green
Steelers' Ladarius Green: Limited at practice Wednesday
Ladarius Green, TE, PIT
4:40 PM
News: Green (concussion) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

After not practicing at all last week and then missing the Steelers' playoff win over the Chiefs, this is a step in the right direction for Green. It remains to be seen what level of medical clearance the tight end has gained at this stage, but his presence at practice Wednesday, in any capacity, offers hope that he could potentially return to action for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots.

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Connor Hamlett
Cowboys' Connor Hamlett: Signs with Cowboys
Connor Hamlett, TE, CLE
2:40 PM
News: Hamlett signed a reserve/future contract with Dallas on Monday.

Hamlett played in three games for the Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2016, finishing the season with one catch for 17 yards and a touchdown. He'll look to secure a spot at tight end with the Cowboys in 2017 behind Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar.

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Rico Gathers
Cowboys' Rico Gathers: Signed to Reserve/Future list with Cowboys
Rico Gathers, TE, DAL
10:15 AM
News: Gathers signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

The 2016 sixth round pick spent the entire season on the practice squad, as the Cowboys attempt to convert his raw athleticism into useful football skills. With Jason Witten getting older and Gavin Escobar unlikely to return to the team in 2017, there could be snaps available at tight end, but Gathers would have to show significant improvement in the offseason to be in the mix for an active roster spot next year.

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Eric Ebron
Lions' Eric Ebron: Sets goal for next season
Eric Ebron, TE, DET
1/16/2017
News: Ebron's goal for next season is to go for 1,000 receiving yards, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.

Ebron's 711 yards this season marked the most in any of this three professional seasons, as did his 61 receptions. That production came thanks to fewer drops, which made him a more reliable target for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Even though opposing defense started to scheme for Ebron over the course of the campaign, his development certainly took a step forward this season, and he'll have the added motivation of playing in the final year of his contract next season. That being said, Ebron has missed at least three games each year since entering the league, which could make it tough for him to reach the 1,000-yard mark, something only two tight ends did this season.

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Matt Lengel
Patriots' Matthew Lengel: Sees action in six regular season games
Matt Lengel, TE, NE
1/16/2017
News: Lengel finished the 2016 regular season with two catches for 22 yards and a TD in six games.

The 26-year-old didn't make much of a fantasy splash in 2016, but he did provide the Patriots with needed tight end depth behind Martellus Bennett after Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending injury. The team figures to make some moves at tight end during the upcoming offseason, and with that in mind, it remains to seen if Lengel will be part of the Patriots' plans in 2017.

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Jake Stoneburner
Saints' Jake Stoneburner: Signs reserve/future contract with Saints
Jake Stoneburner, TE, NO
1/16/2017
News: Stoneburner signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Stoneburner entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State. The 6-3, 249-pound tight end has spent time with the Packers, Dolphins and Rams, but was signed to the Saints practice squad in September 2016. Stoneburner will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

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Garrett Griffin
Saints' Garrett Griffin: Signs reserve/future contract with Saints
Garrett Griffin, TE, NO
1/16/2017
News: Griffin signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Griffin originally joined the Saints in early June 2016 following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp in May. The 6-4, 240-pound tight end, who played collegiately at the U.S. Air Force Academy, spent most of the season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. Griffin will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

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Jason Witten
Cowboys' Jason Witten: To return next season
Jason Witten, TE, DAL
1/16/2017
News: Witten intends on returning for the 2017 season, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Witten's 14th season came to a close with Sunday's playoff defeat to the Packers, but the veteran plans on continuing his career next season. At 34 years old, Witten finished second on the Cowboys with 69 receptions for 673 yards and three touchdowns this year, and he also scored his first postseason touchdown Sunday. In what's currently slated to be his final season under contract in Dallas, Witten could very well become the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards and games played while suiting up in 2017.

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Richard Rodgers
Packers' Richard Rodgers: Finds paydirt in playoff victory
Richard Rodgers, TE, GB
1/16/2017
News: Rodgers caught a 34-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys.

The touchdown reception came in the first quarter and was Rodgers' only catch of the day, but it gave the Packers the lead for the first time in the game and they did not trail after that. Rodgers will continue operating as the Packers' No. 2 tight end behind top option Jared Cook.

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