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  • Mychal Rivera TE | JAC

    Mychal Rivera: Option declined for 2018

    The Jaguars declined Rivera's (wrist) $1.25 million team option for 2018 on Tuesday, making the tight end an unrestricted free agent March 14, Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com reports.

    Rivera will finish his Jacksonville tenure without ever having played a down after a preseason wrist injury resulted in the Jaguars shuffling him to injured reserve prior to the opener. The 27-year-old was at risk of being cut following the preseason even if he had stayed healthy, so it wasn't a major surprise the Jaguars decided to part ways with him. Rivera displayed some aptitude as a pass catcher during his first four seasons in the league with the Raiders, but his poor blocking is something that could limit him to a deep reserve role no matter where he lands next.

  • Marcedes Lewis TE | JAC

    Jaguars' Marcedes Lewis: Team exercises 2018 option

    The Jaguars exercised Lewis' $3.5 million team option for 2018 on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.

    While Lewis' salary isn't guaranteed for 2018, the transaction more or less indicates the Jaguars plan on bringing the tight end back for a 13th season. Lewis has long been a tertiary member of the Jaguars' passing attack, but his marks of 318 yards and five touchdowns last season were his best since 2013, though the production was mostly inflated by an outlier 62-yard, three-score performance in Week 3. Since Lewis is set to turn 34 years old in May, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Jaguars made adding a developmental tight end a priority during the early rounds of the draft in April.

  • Eric Ebron TE | DET

    Lions' Eric Ebron: Set to return to Detroit in 2018

    Lions general manager Bob Quinn said after the team's Week 17 win over the Packers that Ebron would be retained in 2018, Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    The Lions exercised Ebron's $8.25 million fifth-year option for 2018 last May, but the team could cut him with few repercussions before the new league year opens March 14. Though the Lions have since hired Matt Patricia as their new head coach, it appears Ebron, who has been criticized for drops over his four years in the league, remains in solid standing with the organization after a strong finish to this past season. Ebron hauled in 33 of 47 targets for 340 yards and two touchdowns over the Lions' final seven games, with his catch and yardage totals ranking second and third, respectively, on the team over that span.

  • Greg Olsen TE | CAR

    Panthers' Greg Olsen: Won't require follow-up surgery

    Olsen said earlier this month that he won't require any follow-up procedures during the offseason on his surgically repaired right foot, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

    Olsen fractured his foot in a Week 2 game against the Bills and returned from injured reserve in Week 12 to play 24 snaps in a win over the Jets, only to suffer a setback in the contest. The recurring soreness in Olsen's foot resulted in him sitting out Week 13, but the veteran tight end suited up and played normal snap counts in the Panthers' final four regular-season contests and looked like his usual, dominant self in Carolina's playoff loss to New Orleans, catching eight of 12 targets for 107 yards and a score. After ending the injury-marred campaign on a high note, Olsen looks like he'll be in store for a normal offseason as he enters the final year of his contract in 2018.

  • Texans' C.J. Fiedorowicz: Contemplating retirement

    Fiedorowicz (concussion) acknowledged Friday that he's considering retirement, Joe Stevenson of the Crystal Lake Northwest Herald reports.

    After a breakout 2016 campaign, the 26-year-old tight end inked a three-year, $21.5 million contract last August and entered 2017 with the expectation of filling a prominent role in the Houston passing attack. That never came to fruition, however, as Fiedorowicz sustained a concussion in the preseason and then two more head injuries over five regular-season appearances before he was moved to injured reserve in early December. Though Fiedorowicz said he feels great and has resumed working out, the prospect of sustaining another concussion has left him hesitant to keep his career going. Expect Fiedorowicz to take the next couple months to decide his future before relaying his intentions to the Texans prior to the start of the team's offseason program.

  • Billy Brown TE | PHI

    Eagles' Billy Brown: Remains with Philadelphia

    Brown signed a contract with the Eagles on Friday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

    Brown spent the 2017 season on the Eagles' practice squad. If he's able to put together a solid training camp and garner a roster spot, the rookie's most likely role in 2018 would be as a special teams contributor and reserve tight end.

  • Brent Celek TE | PHI

    Eagles' Brent Celek: Finishes with career-low yardage total

    Celek finished the 2017 regular season with 13 receptions on 24 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown.

    The 33-year-old took a pay cut before the season to remain with Philadelphia and it paid off big time with a Super Bowl win. Unfortunately, with Zach Ertz and Trey Burton ahead of him in terms of target share, the Cincinnati product's numbers also took a hit. Celek has a year remaining on the three-year deal he signed in 2016 and could be in line for an uptick in production if Burton leaves in free agency, but it is Ertz's health alone that will determine whether any other tight end on this team is relevant in 2018.

  • Trey Burton TE | PHI

    Eagles' Trey Burton: Throws touchdown pass in SBLII

    Burton threw a one-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 41-33 win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and failed to reel in the only pass thrown his way.

    A passing touchdown certainly is surprising, but it's good to know Burton has that in his back pocket. While the 26-year-old caught a career-high five touchdowns during the regular season, he actually saw one fewer red-zone target in 2017 than he did the season prior. His 248 yards receiving while catching 23 of 31 targets all represent regression from 2016 as well. The soon-to-be fifth-year pro will now become an unrestricted free agent and will need to find somewhere to play outside of an elite tight end's shadow if the former Gator is to have much fantasy value next season.

  • Zach Miller TE | CHI

    Bears' Zach Miller: Holding out hope

    Miller (knee) said he hopes to play football again, Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Miller also said his knee is now "stable" after undergoing nine surgeries on his left leg in the last three months, which included a procedure to repair his PCL and LCL in addition to the ruptured popliteal artery that prevented blood from reaching his lower leg. However, there's no guarantee he'll ever return to the field again, let alone for the 2018 season. Miller's currently waiting for his knee to "heal enough to start rehabilitation" and is without any sort of timeline for recovery.

  • Will Tye TE | NE

    Patriots' Will Tye: Inks deal with Patriots

    Tye signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on Tuesday, Mikes Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

    Tye joined the Patriots' practice squad after being released by the Jets in early October. He has proven to be a contributing tight end, recording back-to-back 40-plus reception seasons with the Giants starting in 2015. All the tight ends on New England's roster are under contract through next season, so Tye will need to separate himself from the pack this offseason if he hopes to make the 53-man roster.