Valles announced his retirement from football via his personal Instagram account Thursday. An undrafted free agent out of Monmouth in 2016, Valles didn't start playing tight end until halfway through college and probably faced a steep learning curve compared to other rookies at his position. He ultimately appeared in 15 games for the Lions and Cardinals over the last three seasons, but was only targeted five total times in the passing game and will go down with only two catches for 11 yards to his name.
Valles was placed on the Giants' practice squad injury list with an undisclosed injury. At the current moment, it's unclear what led to Valles' placement on the injury list. Valles was brought onto the team's practice squad in late November and has yet to be promoted to the active roster. He'll have to wait until next season for another shot.
The Lions waived Valles on Saturday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Valles suited up three games for the Lions this season, catching two of three targets for 11 yards. His ceiling is as a run-blocking tight end without fantasy relevance at this time.
Valles caught one of two targets for five yards during Monday's 48-17 loss to the Jets. Valles ultimately drew the second-most snaps of all Lions tight ends while seeing the most targets in the passing game. However, it's hard to get excited about his long-term outlook given the committee approach Detroit is taking to the position.
Valles has secured a spot on the Lions' 53-man roster, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports. It would've been a surprise had Valles not made the roster, given his impressive play in training camp and the preseason this summer. However, the tight end is still set to open the 2018 campaign buried on the depth chart and therefore unlikely to make a significant offensive impact.
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