Gresham signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Gresham has spent the past two seasons in the desert, recording 37 receptions for 391 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games last year. The 28-year-old seems likely to secure the No. 1 spot at tight end ahead of Darren Fells, who is a restricted free agent this offseason. Gresham's signing gives the Cardinals one less thing to worry about, as the bulk of their offensive unit will remain intact with Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald already confirming their return next season.
Gresham gathered in 37 of 61 targets for 391 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season. Blanked in four separate contests, including the season finale, Gresham nonetheless hearkened back to the first five years of his career with the Bengals. In fact, if one prorates the outings in which he recorded a reception to a 16-game slate, he would have accounted for 49 catches, 521 yards, and 2.7 touchdowns. After a nondescript first season in the desert -- 18/223/1 in 15 games -- he garnered interest from a number of organizations last offseason but returned to the Cardinals on a team-friendly one-year, $3 million contract. The recent production will more than likely drive up his market, and with 19 unrestricted free agents to deal with in the coming months, Gresham may have to settle for different climes if the price isn't right in Arizona.
Gresham tallied two catches (on four targets) for 40 yards during Saturday's win at Seattle. Gresham has become a safety net for Carson Palmer in the Cardinals' passing attack as the season has progressed, securing multiple receptions and at least 30 yards receiving in eight consecutive contests. Among his two catches in Week 16, his 34-yard grab in the second quarter marked the fourth of 20-plus yards during the aforementioned stretch. Having said that, he may find difficulty extending the streak next Sunday on the road against a Rams defense that has allowed opposing tight end corps to surpass 25 yards in a given game just twice in the past six outings.
Gresham (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Gresham spent some time in the trainer's room for maintenance purposes this week, restricting him to limited practice sessions both Thursday and Friday. No matter, he'll brush off his knee concern versus a New Orleans defense that has surrendered 12.1 YPC and four touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Gresham (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. Wrapping up Week 15 prep with back-to-back limited practices, Gresham's status unsurprisingly remains in flux. If he's unable to brush off his knee injury and suit up Sunday, he'll look to extend a six-game run in which he's averaged four receptions (on six targets) for 39.2 yards per outing, while reaching the end zone twice.
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