"Whatever it is, I’m a team guy," he said. "You know that. Everybody here has the same goal. We’re trying to win."
Pettigrew signed a four-year, $16 million contract this offseason despite the fact that his receptions and yards have dropped three straight years.
Under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi,
“I think these guys kind of want to open up the game a little bit more,” Pettigrew told the team's website after re-signing with Detroit for $16 million over four years. “Spread the ball out a little bit more and try to get the tight ends the ball.
“Knowing what (Lombardi) is coming from (New Orleans), the expectation is that balls will be coming my way a little bit more. It sounds fun. It sounds exciting.“
Pettigrew, however, will continue to do a lot of blocking in the running game.
He had 41 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. In five seasons, Pettigrew has 284 catches and 16 touchdowns.
He's expected to remain the No. 1 tight end but also share time with Joseph Fauria.
Free agent tight
The report says Pettigrew is drawing interest from the Jets, Raiders and the
Pettitgrew, 29, had 41 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games last season for the Lions. He has spent his entire five-year career in Detroit.
If he doesn't re-sign with the
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