Tamme announced Thursday that he would retire from professional football, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The 32-year-old Tamme will wrap up a nine-year career that included stops in Indianapolis, Denver and Atlanta. He enjoyed his most productive run with the Colts, peaking with 67 receptions for 631 yards and four touchdowns in 2010. He appeared in eight games for the Falcons in 2016 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury that may have influenced his decision to step away from the game.
Tamme (shoulder) doesn't appear to be in the Falcons' plans for 2017, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Jacob will more than likely get to free agency," general manager Thomas Dimitroff said.
Operating as Atlanta's starting tight end, Tamme racked up his highest touchdown total since 2010 last season despite appearing in just eight games due to a shoulder injury. However, he's entering his age-32 campaign, while the Falcons have a younger and cheaper alternative in the form of last year's talented third-round selection, Austin Hooper. Although it isn't clear what kind of market awaits the veteran tight end coming off shoulder surgery, Tamme still looked to have something left in the tank before succumbing to injury, so he shouldn't have a problem finding a new home this offseason if and when he can prove his health.
The Falcons placed Tamme (shoulder) on injured reserve Monday.
Tamme missed back-to-back games before a Week 11 bye, during which he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. With Monday's move official, the Falcons will turn to rookie Austin Hooper as the primary pass-catching tight end, but Levine Toilolo may continue to be the starter in name.
Tamme revealed on his personal Twitter account that he underwent season-ending surgery on his shoulder Thursday.
Tamme sought a second opinion on his injured shoulder earlier this week, and the results of that visit to the doctor are not evident. However, one way or another, the decision was made to send him under the knife, which brings a close to his 2016 campaign. Austin Hooper is set to take over as the Falcons' primary tight end moving forward, and Levine Toilolo will work as Hooper's backup.
Tamme will seek a second opinion on his injured shoulder during the Falcons' current bye week, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Tamme has missed the Falcons' past two games due to his banged-up shoulder, which he reportedly is considering undergoing surgery on. Knowing that, his upcoming second opinion should help determine his course of action with regards to fixing the problem. While Tamme's situation appears bound for a further update over Atlanta's bye week, rookie Austin Hooper seems destined to continue in an expanded role, with Levine Toilolo and Joshua Perkins behind him at tight end.
Tamme (shoulder) is considering having surgery, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.
Still unable to practice, Tamme will miss a second straight game when the Falcons face the Eagles on Sunday. Rookie third-round selection Austin Hooper has taken over as the top tight end, with Levine Toilolo and Joshua Perkins providing depth. Currently week-to-week, Tamme could be shelved for the rest of the season if he undergoes surgery.
Tamme (shoulder) will not play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon reports.
Tamme hasn't practiced since suffering the injury and will now miss a second straight game. Austin Hooper filled in as the top tight end Week 9 against Tampa Bay, catching three of six targets for 46 yards and a touchdown while logging 75 percent of the offensive snaps. The rookie figures to handle a similar workload until Tamme returns.
Head coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that Tamme (shoulder) will likely miss Sunday's game at Philadelphia, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
If Quinn's sentiment comes to pass, Tamme is destined for a second consecutive absence due to a still unspecified shoulder injury. In Tamme's stead, rookie Austin Hooper is line to serve as the Falcons' starting tight end.
Tamme (shoulder) was not at practice Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Tamme did not play last Thursday against the Bucs as he tended to a shoulder ailment. While said injury isn't expected to sideline the veteran long-term, his absence Wednesday warrants concern for his Week 10 availability. If Tamme doesn't suit up, rookie Austin Hooper will likely draw his second career start.
Tamme (shoulder) won't play Thursday against the Buccaneers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
With Tamme set to miss Thursday's game, Austin Hooper is in line for an expanded role in Week 9, which makes him an option for those scrambling for tight end help in a week that features six NFL teams on bye. Also in the mix at the position for the Falcons on Thursday will be Levin Toilolo and possibly Joshua Perkins.
Head coach Dan Quinn doesn't think Tamme (shoulder) will be sidelined long term, but Quinn did acknowledge that the veteran tight end may miss Thursday's game against the Buccaneers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Tamme came out of the gates fast in Sunday's game against the Packers, securing two passes for 19 yards prior to exiting with a shoulder injury on the opening drive. Initially deemed questionable to return, Tamme never made it back into the contest, leaving Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo to soak up all the reps at tight end. The short week hurts Tamme's chance to avoid any missed time, potentially setting Hooper up for short-term fantasy relevance. The rookie caught each of his five targets for 41 yards in Sunday's game, whereas Toilolo failed to secure his lone look.
Tamme (shoulder) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Packers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
A shoulder injury forced Tamme to the locker room during the Falcons' first possession, but not before securing both targets for 19 yards. With Tamme on the sideline, Matt Ryan will have Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo available at tight end.
Tamme is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Packers due to a shoulder injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Before his departure, Tamme gathered in both targets for 19 yards on the Falcons' first drive. If he's unable to reenter the game, tight ends Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo are in line for additional snaps.
Tamme caught one ball for a 17-yard touchdown in Sunday's overtime loss to the Chargers.
Tamme only caught one ball on the day, but he made the most of it. He hasn't tallied more than 30 receiving yards in any of his last five games, but he does have three touchdowns on the year, giving him some value in certain leagues.
Tamme caught two balls for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.
This was Tamme's fourth straight game under 30 yards receiving. He does have two touchdowns in six games, but the yards just haven't been there this season. He's in a great offense, but Matt Ryan spreads the ball around too much for Tamme to get consistent looks.
Tamme caught one ball for one yard in Sunday's win over the Broncos.
Quarterback Matt Ryan leads the league in passing yards through five weeks, but he only looked Tamme's way once on Sunday. He's scored two touchdowns in five weeks, but this was his second game under five yards receiving, so he's certainly not a reliable option.
Tamme (hip) is active for Sunday's game at Denver, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
The Broncos' defense isn't to be trifled with in most circumstances, but tight ends have hauled in 20 of 31 passes for 233 yards against them this season. Nevertheless, Tamme's catch count has dipped in each successive game, settling on two in Week 4 against the Panthers.
Tamme (hip) practiced in full Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Tamme may have been contained to a limited practice Wednesday in order to allow his 31-year-old body to recover from a busy first quarter of the season. Earning 71.5 percent of the offensive snaps to date, he ranks second on the Falcons in receptions (16), targets (22), and touchdowns (two) behind the beast that is Julio Jones. However, with an average reception of 9.8 yards, Tamme must keep the trust of Matt Ryan and/or reach the end zone in order to maintain his current status.
Tamme (hip) was limited in practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Landing on the injury report for the first time this season is balanced out by the fact Tamme fit in a portion of drills to start Week 5 prep. After four outings, his production as a receiver has been sporadic, ranging from three to 75 yards in a given game, but the tight end made amends with a touchdown grab in both Week 2 and 4. Expect his status to clear up as the week rolls along.
Tamme caught both of his targets for three yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 4 game against the Panthers.
In a game in which QB Matt Ryan set a franchise record for passing yards, one may have expected the Falcons' target leader (entering Week 4) to see a larger share of Ryan's attention. However, Tamme was largely an afterthought in the offense aside from his four-yard touchdown that counted as Atlanta's first score of the game. Meanwhile, rookie third-rounder Austin Hooper flashed on a 42-yard touchdown reception later in the game and could be making a case for additional playing time. For now, though, Tamme appears set to remain the Falcons' primary receiving tight entering a Week 5 matchup against the Broncos.