Bears agree to terms with tight end Bear Pascoe
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The Bears signed tight end Bear Pascoe to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

In 2014, Pascoe caught two receptions for three yards and one touchdown while playing for the Falcons.


Cardinals clear TE Troy Niklas (ankle) for team activities
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas is able to participate in team activities, reports Fox Sports 910.

Niklas was placed on injured reserve after undergoing ankle surgery last season.


Report: Rams sign S Rodney McLeod, TE Cory Harkey to RFA tenders
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) The Rams have reportedly signed safety Rodney McLeod and tight end Cory Harkey to their restricted free agent tenders, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Harkey had eight catches for 55 yards and a touchdown last season while McLeod totaled 72 tackles with two interceptions in 16 games.


Chiefs QB Alex Smith (spleen) says he's ready to go for workouts
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) After suffering a lacerated spleen in Week 16, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said he's fully ready to participate in workouts, reports the Kansas City Star

Smith sustained the injury after taking a brutal hit to the abdomen against the Steelers in Week 16 and had to sit out the team's regular season finale as a result.


Report: Jaguars restructure contract of Marcedes Lewis
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) The Jaguars restructured the contract of tight end Marcedes Lewis, according to a report by Jacksonville.com.

Lewis did not receive an extension. This year will be the last year of his contract. The restructuring should reduce his cap number, which is currently $8.2 million. 


Ravens' Supernaw, Trawick, Melvin, Jensen sign EFA tenders
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Ravens announced on Friday that tight end Phillip Supernaw, safety Brynden Trawick, cornerback Rashaan Melvin and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen signed their exclusive-rights free agent tenders.

Supernaw was mostly a reserve in 2014 and had two catches for 27 yards. Trawick is a backup safety that plays on special teams coverage units. Melvin was signed off of the Dolphins' practice squad after injuries decimated the cornerbacks. Jensen was a 2013 draft pick that ended up spending the majority of 2014 on the practice squad.

 


Chargers TE Antonio Gates seeking to scale back workload
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Old Man River, otherwise known as Antonio Gates, has barely missed a beat well beyond the years in which most players have settled into their retirements. But Gates, who will turn 36 in June, is finally looking to lessen his workload next season.

Gates played 787 snaps in 2014, which ranked 17th at his position and proved far more than many younger tight ends. He was also more productive than nearly all of them with 69 catches for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns, the second-highest total of his career. But while promoting a boxing match in Detroit, he told Monday Morning Quarterback that he would like to scale it back in 2015.

"With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season," he said. "I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I'd like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That's what my contribution is at anyway."

His plan would give young, athletic Ladarius Green a chance to emerge as the primary tight end for the Chargers. Green took a step back last year with just 19 receptions for 226 yards and no scores after racking up 376 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.


Report: Chiefs release TE Sean McGrath
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) After activating tight end Sean McGrath from the reserve/did not report list, the Chiefs waived the tight end Wednesday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

McGrath did not play during the 2014 season. In 2013, he caught 26 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns.


Niners TE Davis rededicating himself in offseason
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Was the statistical slide experienced by one-time 49ers standout tight end Vernon Davis in 2014 a one-year wonder or downward trend? Davis is working to increase the chance that it is the former.

Davis has told the team website that he has placed a great emphasis this offseason on a strength and conditioning program. He had skipped that last year to concentrate on landing a new contract, but has since put aside that distraction.

"I'm here this year because I want to get better," he said. "I want to win. I want to develop some chemistry amongs my teammates and get to know guys. There are a lot of new guys here and you just never know when this game is over for you." He added that he wanted to give football "all I can give it."

Davis caught just 26 passes for a career-low 245 yards last year.


Report: Broncos sign TE/FB James Casey on Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) The Broncos signed free agent tight end/fullback James Casey to a one-year deal on Saturday, reuniting him with coach Gary Kubiak, per ProFootballTalk.com. Casey spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Texans under Kubiak, registering 752 receiving yards and four touchdown in 61 games (20 starts). He caught six passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns his final two seasons with Philadelphia.

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