Gresham has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $28 million contract that arguably makes him the most overpaid tight end in the league. He still has some value as a blocker, but he's averaged just 17.8 yards per game in 58 appearances for the Cardinals. The 30-year-old may have to settle for a backup role once he hits the open market, while Arizona will move forward with Charles Clay and Ricky Seals-Jones at tight end.
Gresham reeled in nine of his 12 targets for 94 yards and one touchdown in 13 games during the 2018 season.
Gresham didn't have much problem seeing the field in his ninth pro season, ranking behind just Ricky Seals-Jones in terms of offensive snap share (44.3 versus 56.9 percent) among Cardinals tight ends. However, Gresham didn't come close to upholding his standard, production-wise, from three previous years in Arizona, setting career lows in all receiving categories. Gresham has two years remaining on a lucrative contract signed in March of 2017, but considering the lack of output in 2018, it wouldn't surprise if management explored getting out of the deal, despite significant dead-cap hits, per OverTheCap.com.
Pass-catching tight end Ricky Seals-Jones dealt with food poisoning during Week 16 prep, and while he was active, he left after five offensive snaps and didn't return due to a stinger. Gresham and John Phillips (10 snaps on offense) got all the TE reps the rest of the way, but only the latter got in the box score, catching his only target for nine yards. In seven games since the Cards' Week 9 bye, Gresham has reeled in just three of five passes for 26 yards. When healthy, Seals-Jones is the only tight end in Arizona worth a look.
Gresham caught his lone target for a 16-yard gain during Sunday's 40-14 loss to the Falcons.
However modest the production, Sunday featured more yards for Gresham than the previous five outings combined. That's how dismal things have been for Gresham, and Arizona's offense more generally. Sunday offered another low-point as rookie Josh Rosen was benched late after three turnovers and back-to-back drives that generated negative yardage. Don't expect much better Sunday against a middle-of-the-pack Rams pass defense.
Gresham caught his only target for two yards during Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Chargers.
Gresham didn't have much of a chance to produce Week 12, with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen having totaled just over 100 passing yards on the day, but it's not as if his quiet performance was an anomaly. The veteran tight end has caught one or less passes in eight of nine starts this season. Gresham will remain firmly behind Ricky Seals-Jones heading into Sunday's tilt against the Packers.
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