The Buccaneers released Niklas (leg) with an injury settlement Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction report.
Niklas suffered tough luck this offseason, when he sustained a leg injury in the first training camp practice July 29. The 26-year-old was already placed on injured reserve by the Buccaneers and is now free to sign with any team.
Niklas (leg) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Niklas was waived with an injury designation by Tampa Bay on Sunday, but he ends up on IR after going unclaimed on waivers. The 26-year-old will remain there for the rest of the season unless he reaches an injury settlement.
The Buccaneers waived Niklas (leg) with an injury designation Sunday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The veteran tight end reunited with former Cards coach Bruce Arians on the eve of training camp, but he sustained a leg injury in Friday's opening practice. After he was unable to return to the field over the weekend, Niklas was a natural candidate for release when the team needed a roster spot to ink Vincent Testaverde as an extra training camp arm. Injuries contained Niklas to just 19 receptions for 203 yards and three touchdowns in Arizona between 2014 and 2017.
Niklas signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Niklas did not stick to an NFL roster during the 2018 campaign but played a depth role in Arizona from 2014 to 2017. Across those four seasons, he appeared in 41 games, recording 19 catches for 203 yards and one touchdown. With Cameron Brate entrenched as the top backup to O.J. Howard in Tampa Bay, Niklas will compete for a depth role.
The Patriots cut Niklas on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Niklas signed a one-year deal with the Patriots in April, but the team elected to let him walk Friday to open a roster spot for the signing of wide receiver Paul Turner. Given New England's depth at the position, it was going to be a long shot for Niklas to find a 53-man roster spot, but he will now be free to look into a deal with another club.
Niklas agreed Wednesday with the Patriots on a one-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
A 2014 second-round pick, Niklas was limited by a variety of injuries during his four seasons in Arizona, catching 19 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns in only 41 games. Listed at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, he's one of the larger tight ends in the NFL, so he should at least be useful as a goal-line blocker if he stays healthy. Niklas will provide depth behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, though the latter could end up as a cap casualty before Week 1. Regardless, it's hard to envision a scenario in which Niklas is a major part of the New England passing attack.
Niklas visited the Patriots on Monday, WEEI.com reports.
Niklas logged 11 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown in 15 games for the Cardinals in 2017. If the 2014 second-rounder does join the Patriots, he'd provide the team with added depth at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski, who is expected back for the 2018 season after having reportedly mulled retirement.
Niklas posted 11 receptions (on 23 targets) for 132 yards and one touchdown in 15 games during the 2017 season.
Selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, Niklas has been snake-bitten throughout four years in the NFL, almost entirely on the injury front. Entering this season, he was active in just 26 of a possible 48 games, but relative health (for him) resulted in 15 more appearances in 2017. Niklas rarely made an impact as a pass catcher, though, so whoever heads the new coaching staff may decide to move on, especially with tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones, a 2017 undrafted rookie, under contract through at least the upcoming campaign.
Niklas (ankle) is listed as active Sunday in Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
One week removed from his first absence of the season, Niklas increased his practice participation enough to earn a full designation at Friday's practice. With his health intact heading into the final game of the campaign, he likely will earn the second-most offensive snaps among Cardinals tight ends behind Jermaine Gresham.
The Cardinals have listed Niklas (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's season finale versus the Seahawks, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
NIklas was sidelined for last week's win over the Giants. He has seen his workload increase every day at practice throughout the week, so he appears to be trending in the right direction. Still, final confirmation on his status is unlikely to be determined until he tests his ankle out in warmups.
Niklas (ankle) was a limited participant at practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Niklas sat out Sunday's win over the Giants and was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice. The 25-year-old did not practice last week and will likely need at least another limited session Friday to be available for the season finale.
Niklas (ankle) didn't partake in practice Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Niklas has yet to practice since injuring his ankle Week 15 at Washington. Until he does so, he doesn't appear to be a candidate to take the field Sunday in Seattle. If he logs another absence, Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones will hold down the fort at tight end.
Niklas (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Niklas was unable to participate in practice throughout the week and will miss his first game of the season as a result. He caught a season-high three passes in Week 15 against the Redskins, and his absence figures to leave Ricky Seals-Jones with the majority of the targets at tight end Sunday.
Niklas (ankle) was listed as non-participant during Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Niklas sustained the ankle injury during Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Redskins, interrupting what had been his best outing of the season (three catches for 41 yards). He'll likely need to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday in order to gain clearance to play in Sunday's game against the Giants.
Niklas suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Niklas had his most productive game of the season Sunday, catching three of his six targets for a season-high 41 yards. The severity of the injury is currently unknown, but the Cardinals should have an update when they release their injury report later in the week.
Niklas (hip,knee) put in a full practice Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Niklas was nursing a back injury heading into Sunday's loss to the Rams, but he ultimately shook off the issue to play 36 snaps (25 on offense) during the contest. Though he came out of that game with a couple of new injuries, Niklas' full practice Thursday indicates that neither is a major concern heading into the Week 14 matchup with the Titans. Look for Niklas to act mostly as a blocker when he's on the field now that Ricky Seals-Jones emerging as the clear top receiving tight end for Arizona.
Niklas (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Niklas was deemed questionable heading into the weekend after logging multiple limited practices throughout the week, but he'll be able to play through any potential lingering issues. Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones figure to continue seeing their fair share of offensive snaps, so Niklas' fantasy value remains limited.
Niklas (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Niklas was a limited participant in practice throughout the week with the back issue. Though Niklas turned in one of his better statistical outings of the season in the Week 12 win over Jacksonville with two catches for 22 yards, his production was overshadowed by fellow backup tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, who reached the end zone for the second straight week while gaining 72 yards on four receptions. With starters Jermaine Gresham also in the mix at tight end for the Cardinals, it's hard to see Niklas' role growing Sunday even if he's able to shake off the injury.
Niklas notched 27 of the Cardinals' 73 offensive snaps during Sunday's 27-24 victory versus the Jaguars.
A 2014 second-round selection, Niklas has largely disappointed due to a jam-packed medical chart, accumulating 15 catches across 37 contests. Two of those grabs came Sunday, but he appears to have found himself between a rock and a hard place as his rookie contract enters its final month. Jermaine Gresham continues to start and earn the most snaps, no matter who is under center. With Blaine Gabbert in that role the last two games, undrafted rookie TE Ricky Seals-Jones has torn up the competition to the tune of seven receptions (on 11 targets) for 126 yards and three touchdowns. The presence of Gresham and the Gabbert-Seals-Jones connection will continue to hold down any potential held by Niklas.
Niklas caught one of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 20-10 win over the 49ers.
Niklas' three targets were a season high. Niklas is the second tight end on a team that doesn't really throw the ball to the tight ends. Even though he was on the field for more than half of Arizona's offensive snaps on Sunday, he managed just one catch and has as many games without a catch (four) as games with a catch and has just five receptions all season. He isn't a fantasy factor.