Kendricks signed a contract with Packers on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Kendricks returns home to Wisconsin just a day after the team reached an agreement with fellow tight end Martellus Bennett. The Packers let veteran Jared Cook walk in free agency but are quickly filling the void as Kendricks, Bennett, and Richard Rodgers all figure to be integral parts of Aaron Rodgers' arsenal. Last season with the Rams, Kendricks recorded 50 receptions for 499 yards and two touchdowns, marking the best year of his career. The details of the contract are still unknown.
Kendricks was released by the Rams on Thursday, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports. The veteran tight end was due to make $3.75 million in base salary each of the next two season before being released Thursday. With Kendricks gone, the Rams could be signaling their confidence in second-year tight end Tyler Higbee. However, there's also a chance that the Rams wanted to clear some room at the position in order to dip into this year's deep rookie class of tight ends. In any case, Kendricks should garner some attention on the open market after a strong 50-catch campaign in 2016. He'll be 29 when the season begins.
Kendricks caught a career-high 50 passes this season, and his 499 receiving yards were the second-highest total through his six years in the league. It could have been a banner year across the board, as prior to Jared Goff taking the starting reins, Kendricks was producing decent fantasy results -- especially in PPR settings. From Week 4 through Week 9, the 28-year-old tight end caught 26 passes for 255 yards and a score over a five-game stretch, but it went downhill quickly with the rookie quarterback running the offense. Kendricks finished the campaign with just 17 catches for 168 yards over the final seven weeks. The veteran still has two more seasons on his current contract, but he'll likely have a difficult time becoming a reliable fantasy asset because of the state of the Los Angeles offense and the potential emergence of 2016 fourth-round tight end Tyler Higbee.
Kendricks caught three of four targets for 36 yards during Saturday's loss to San Francisco. Over the past four weeks, Kendricks has just seven receptions for 67 yards, which hardly moves the fantasy needle. Plus, considering the cushy matchup for the Los Angeles offense, Kendricks' inability to capitalize against the 49ers further solidified his unreliability. The 28-year-old tight end likely shouldn't be trusted in any fantasy format at this point of the season.
Kendricks caught just one of his four targets for only five yards during Thursday's loss to Seattle. Over the past six weeks, Kendricks has 13 receptions for 120 yards and a single score, and five of the outings were with rookie Jared Goff under center. Considering his underwhelming numbers, the 28-year-old tight end can't be trusted in any fantasy format at this point of the season. After all, the Rams have thrown for just 402 yards without a passing touchdown over the past two weeks.
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