Telfer has elected to retire, per his official Twitter account.
Telfer (undisclosed), who spent each of his two seasons in the league with the Browns, was nearly traded to Kansas City in exchange for linebacker Dadi Nicolas earlier in the offseason. The trade was called off, and the Browns elected to instead waive Telfer. The 26-year-old then failed to pass a physical with the Colts before being let go. The 2016 sixth-rounder retires with 30 games and 40 yards under his belt.
Telfer was waived by the Colts following a failed physical.
After a trade sending Telfer from Cleveland to Kansas City fell through earlier in May, as well as this recent signing with the Colts being nixed, it appears as though the 25-year-old tight end isn't at full strength. What exactly is giving him issues securing a deal is unclear at this point in time, though it now puts his chances of joining a team for offseason activities in danger. Whether Telfer lands another deal or not, he's typically been used as a blocker and won't factor much into a potential team's passing game.
Telfer was claimed off waivers Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
After a trade between the Browns and Chiefs fell through last week, Telfer was waived by Cleveland, which allowed the Colts to pick up the 25-year-old tight end. He'll battle for a roster spot throughout the offseason program and into training camp, though even if he does make the team, Telfer likely will be used primarily as a blocker, and that severely limits any potential fantasy value.
The trade that was supposed to send Telfer to Kansas City from Cleveland in exchange for linebacker Dadi Nicolas has been cancelled, and Telfer will be waived by the Browns, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
It's unclear what prevented this trade from happening, and Telfer could still be picked up by the Chiefs. The 2015 sixth-round pick is a solid run blocker, but he has just five receptions for 40 yards in 30 career games.
Telfer was credited with 14 starts for the Browns last season, but he mostly served as an early-down run blocker, as he pulled in just three receptions for 36 yards. Despite the change in scenery, Telfer's role in the passing game should remain minimal on a Chiefs team that already has Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris at tight end. Instead, Telfer's main focus will be clearing out defensive ends and linebackers to open up running space for Kareem Hunt.
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