Report: Should be a 'very active market' for Broncos' Julius Thomas
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas turned down a five-year, $40 million contract for a reason. That's because it's believed he will have a "very active market" when the new league year begins on March 10, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. 

Two teams that are expected to target Thomas in free agency are the Raiders and Jaguars, both of which need to upgrade considerably at their skill positions to help out their young quarterbacks. The expectation is for Broncos general manager John Elway to let Thomas test the waters in free agency to see what he's offered. 

The Falcons have also reportedly been interested, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter. 

Injuries slowed what was an otherwise fast start to his 2014 season. Thomas' season ended with 489 yards and 12 touchdowns. 


Saints TE Orson Charles pleads guilty in road rage incident
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Saints tight end Orson Charles will enter a diversion program after pleading guilty to wanton endangerment in a road rage incident, according to CBS affiliate WKYT.

Last April, Charles was accused of pointing a firearm at another driver on a Madison County, Ky. road. As part of the diversion program, Charles must check in with a parole officer once a month via telephone. If he has no other run-ins with the law, this charge will be dropped from his record. 

Charles spent most of the 2014 season on the Saints' practice squad.

Charles was a former fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft by the Bengals. A standout tight end in college at Georgia, Charles was moved to fullback in Cincinnati before being released prior to the 2014 season. 


Bears sign tight end Zach Miller to one-year contract extension
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) The Bears signed tight end Zach Miller to a one-year contract extension Friday, the team announced. 

Miller, who missed the entire 2014 season with a foot injury, has not played in a game since 2011 and totaled 45 catches for 470 yards and four touchdowns.


Chiefs release veteran tight end Anthony Fasano
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Chiefs announced Thursday that they have released tight end Anthony Fasano.

Fasano has been with Kansas City for the past two seasons after stints with the Dolphins (2008-12) and the Cowboys (2006-07). The Cowboys selected Fasano in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. 

In 2014, Fasano caught 25 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns. 


Report: Chiefs plan to release Anthony Fasano
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Chiefs will be parting ways with tight end Anthony Fasano, a source told the NFL Network.

The Chiefs plan to release Fasano on Thursday. Fasano spent the last two seasons with the Chiefs. He totaled 48 catches for 426 yards and seven touchdowns with the Chiefs.


Harbaugh: Owen Daniels 'very interested' in staying with Ravens
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Tight end Owen Daniels becomes a free agent in March, but he may not reach the open market. 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the media on Tuesday that he's spoken to Daniels. "he wants to come back," Harbaugh said. "He's very interested in coming back here."

Daniels had 48 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns last year. 


Ravens in 'wait and see mode' with Dennis Pitta
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Dennis Pitta is attempting to recover from his second dislocated and fractured his hip in the last two years, and the Ravens dosn't seem confident in his chances.

Meeting with the media at his "state of the Ravens address" on Tuesday, general manager Ozzie Newsome said that the team is in "wait and see mode" with Pitta. "We may not have any answers until we get into summer."

The team will add tight ends, preparing for the possiblity that Pitta can't return. 


Report: Tight end James Casey to visit Cardinals, Broncos
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Free-agent tight end James Casey is scheduled to visit the Cardinals later this week, reports 910 AM in Phoenix.

Casey is also scheduled to visit the Broncos on Thursday, reports The Denver Post.

Casey was recently released by the Eagles. In 2014, he caught three passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns.


Agent: People are trying to push Julius Thomas away from Broncos
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Frank Bauer, Julius Thomas' agent, told reporters before the annual players' union-agent meeting Friday that people are trying to push his client away from the Broncos, per the Denver Post.

"The Broncos came to me, we tried to get it done, it didn't work," Bauer said. "Does Julius love Denver? Yes. Does Julius love the fans there? No question. Does he love the organization and the community? Look at what he does for kids in that town.

"But for some reason people are trying to tear him down. In my opinion what they're doing by tearing him down is pushing him away."

Bauer also revealed that Thomas was nursing a torn ligament in addition to an ankle sprain, which kept him sidelined three games during the final stretch of the season. Thomas finished 2014 with 489 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"The inner circle of the NFL -- not all the people talking on the outside, the guys who make the decisions -- they believe he's a unique and elite tight end," Bauer said. "Performance dictates every athlete's future. He is the best in the red zone. He is young. He has upside, as the inner circle would say.

"Yes, he got a high ankle sprain that was a concern because the first time he had a high ankle sprain it was later diagnosed as (ligament) tears."

Talks between both sides broke off last summer when Denver offered Thomas a five-year deal, worth $40 million. Bauer remains hopeful that talks will resume negotiations before March 10 when Thomas becomes an unrestricted free agent. According to NFL.com, the Raiders, Jets, Falcons and should all be in play if he hits the open market.


Carroll: Seahawks' Zach Miller should be ready for next season
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that tight end Zach Miller should be ready in time for next season. 

Speaking at the Indianapolis scouting combine, Carroll said that Miller is recovering well from the ankle injury that ended his 2014 season. Miller had surgery during the Seahawks' week four bye, but he wasn't able to recover in time to return to the team. 


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