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  • Charles Clay TE | BUF

    Bills' Charles Clay: Knee issues still linger

    Although he's participating in most of OTAs, the Bills remain concerned about Clay's lingering knee troubles, The Buffalo News reports. "We are concerned with Charles' knee situation," said new coach Sean McDermott. "It's something we have to manage moving forward in order to have him on the field for us, which is important moving forward. He's a weapon for us."

    Clay made it on the field for 15 games last season, but was a regular on the injury report with issues relating to his knee. While Clay has been a bit of a disappointment since the Bills signed him as a free agent two years ago, he's far better than the next option. Hopefully McDermott means they just need to be proactive in not letting it become a major issue through rest and being smart about it, rather than being concerned it could potentially keep Clay out of action.

  • Maxx Williams TE | BAL

    Ravens' Maxx Williams: Should be ready for training camp

    Williams (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

    Williams spent the majority of his 2016 campaign on injured reserve with a knee injury after failing to record a single catch throughout the first four weeks of the season. According to coach John Harbaugh, the procedure Williams underwent to repair the damage was rare for a football player, but the tight end is still expected to be ready for camp. Regardless of his health, he'll be subject to plenty of competition against a crowded tight end corps.

  • Wes Saxton TE | WAS

    Bills' Wes Saxton: Signs with Buffalo

    Saxton was signed Wednesday with the Bills, Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Saxton, who participated in a 10-player workout for the Bills on Tuesday, will provide the offense with additional size at tight end, as the South Alabama product checks in at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. The 23-year-old has previously spent time on the Jets' practice squad, but has yet to record a single catch in the NFL. The Bills don't have any proven options at tight end beyond Charles Clay, so even though Saxton will be a long shot to make the roster, he should at least receive a long look during training camp.

  • Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Restructures contract

    Gronkowski (back) restructured his contract Tuesday, Edward Lewis of NFL.com reports.

    The tight end's new deal is incentivized so he has the opportunity to earn as much as $10.75 million, compared to the $5.25 million for which he's on the books. Gronkowski's pay raise is tiered to three different levels based on his performance next year. He'll have to achieve certain statistical marks to get raises, including playing up 70 percent of time, recording 60 receptions or recording 800 receiving yards, among others. If he reaches the highest level and receives the $10.75 million, he will be the highest-paid tight end in the league. All this hinges on his health, which was an issue last season due to back problems. However, should he remain on the field this year, it appears he'll likely be earning quite the pretty penny.

  • Texans' C.J. Fiedorowicz: Held out of first OTA

    Fiedorowicz did not participate in Tuesday's OTA due to an undisclosed issue, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    The nature of Fiedorowicz's current issue is unclear, but it's unlikely that he's dealing with any sort of severe injury at this point in the offseason. He figures to once again lead the tight end corps in Houston upon his return, but Ryan Griffin may see additional reps while Fiedorowicz watches from the sideline in the short term.

  • Tyler Eifert TE | CIN

    Bengals' Tyler Eifert: Limited during OTAs

    Eifert (back) will be limited during the Bengals' OTAs, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Eifert's limited participation on the rehab field comes as no surprise, while his status for training camp later in the summer remains up in the air at this point. He racked up five touchdowns in just eight games last year and has yet to play a full 16-game season due to health issues during his first four years in the league. There's no reason for the Bengals to rush their No. 1 tight end back onto the field following December surgery, so expect Tyler Kroft (knee) and C.J. Uzomah to see additional reps throughout the remainder of the team's OTAs.

  • Rico Gathers TE | DAL

    Cowboys' Rico Gathers: Second on depth chart during OTAs

    Gathers will be the Cowboys' No. 2 tight end during OTAs beginning Tuesday, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. "He needs to play as many snaps as he can," head coach Jason Garrett said Monday. "We are going to give him every chance. We are going to coach him hard. Typically he has responded well to that."

    James Hanna (knee) and Geoff Swaim (foot) are both still recovering from surgery and won't be ready for action until training camp, so Gathers will be Jason Witten's primary backup for the next couple of weeks of OTAs. The 2016 sixth-round pick and converted basketball power forward has all the athletic tools to thrive in the NFL, but even after spending all last season on the practice squad, Gathers will need to continue to hone his football skills if he's going to make an impact.

  • O.J. Howard TE | TB

    Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Signs contract Monday

    Howard, the Buccanneers' 2017 first-round pick, signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season Monday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

    The standout tight end thus becomes the first of Tampa's six draft picks to ink a contract, and given his talent and draft slot, he's expected to make immediate contributions. Howard is notably the only tight end drafted in the first round by the Bucs in the franchise's 42-year history, and his 6-foot-6 frame and 4.5 speed are expected to draw attention toward the middle of the field and away from the dynamic receiver duo of Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in the coming season.

  • 49ers' Vance McDonald: Was on trade block

    The 49ers tried to trade McDonald (shoulder) during the draft, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    It was rumored that the new 49ers regime was looking to trade McDonald, and that has now been confirmed. The tight end had the best season of his four-year career in 2016, recording career highs in yards (391) and touchdowns (four), despite only playing in 11 games. If he's still with the team when the regular season begins, he'll likely be the No. 1 tight end option.

  • Gerald Everett TE | LAR

    Rams' Gerald Everett: Looking to fill Jordan Reed-type role

    Everett, the 44th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, expects to fill a role in Sean McVay's offense similar to what Jordan Reed had in Washington, Sirius XM NFL Radio reports.

    With Lance Kendricks departing in the offseason and not replaced by another veteran, Everett and 2016 fourth-round pick Tyler Higbee figure to compete for snaps and targets, with the rookie likely to get more time in the slot while the latter is mostly used as an in-line tight end. The Rams do have an obvious need for playmakers in the passing game, but given the recent track record of rookie tight ends, Everett likely will need a season or two to develop before he truly has a chance to fill the kind of pivotal role Reed handled in McVay's Redskins offenses the past three seasons. Everett does have a lot in common with Reed from a measurables standpoint, and he'll look to utilize that high-end athleticism and speed to compensate for his lack of ideal size for the tight end position.