Barnidge is looking to play in 2018 at a fair price, Alex Marvez of SportingNews.com reports.
Barnidge sat out 2017 despite interest from a few teams. The veteran tight end said that he would only play on a fair deal and thought the contracts offered last year were too low given the 1,655 yards and 11 touchdowns he recorded during his last two years in Cleveland. It's unclear how much interest there is for Barnidge's service, but the door is open for his return to action in 2018.
Barnidge will meet with the Texans this week for a workout, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
With the Texans set to play Thursday against the Bengals, Barnidge won't be an option until at least Week 3, but he'll be one several tight ends to audition for Houston as the team looks to address its lack of depth at the position. With C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) having moved to injured reserve earlier this week and Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson also sidelined for Week 2 with concussions, undrafted rookie Evan Baylis, who was signed off the practice squad, will be the team's only healthy tight end for the contest. Barnidge, who has caught 134 passes for 11 touchdowns with the Browns over the past two seasons, would offer a significant upgrade over Baylis, and likely Griffin and Anderson, too. Until he signs with Houston or another team, however, Barnidge won't make for much more than a speculative pickup in most fantasy leagues.
Barnidge will work out with the Jaguars on Tuesday, July 25, Mike Kaye of First Coast News reports.
After sending Julius Thomas to the Dolphins in the offseason, Jacksonville's front office didn't do much to fill the void in the tight end ranks, bringing free agent Mychal Rivera into the fray. Rivera will join Marcedes Lewis (calf), Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling (concussion), among others, so it's logical for the Jaguars to kick the tires on another veteran TE. Barnidge parlayed a breakout 2015 campaign (79 catches, 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns) into a three-year extension from the Browns. However, he managed just 55 receptions for 612 yards and two TDs last season, spurring his former employer to move on. If he lands another contract, expect Barnidge to compete with Lewis and Rivera for top billing at the position during the preseason.
Barnidge may visit the Jaguars and Panthers after meeting with the Bills on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Of the three teams, Jacksonville would provide Barnidge with the best shot at a role as a team's top pass-catching tight end, while he'd merely be a backup to Greg Olsen in Carolina. Buffalo falls somewhere in the middle, as Barnidge could pose a real challenge to the overpaid Charles Clay, though Clay did finish strong last season. While his fantasy production dropped off a cliff in the wake of a shocking 2015 breakout, Barnidge still produced 7.6 yards per target last season -- an impressive figure for a tight end in a terrible offense. He'll turn 33 in October.
Barnidge is visiting with the Bills on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Released by Cleveland shortly after the team selected fellow tight end David Njoku in the first round of the draft, Barnidge could land on his feet with a Buffalo team that has to be disappointed with Charles Clay's production through the first two seasons of a five-year, $38 million contract. The structure of Clay's deal likely will keep him on the roster for at least one more year, but the Bills would be wise to bring in some depth at the position. While unable to build on a breakout 2015 campaign in which he topped 1,000 yards, Barnidge still caught 55 of his 81 targets (67.9%) last season while producing 7.6 yards per target in a lifeless Cleveland offense.
After selecting fellow tight end David Njoku, the Browns have elected to cut Barnidge, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Barnidge, who turns 32 in September, will thus be looking for a new job in the wake of the team's addition of Njoku in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Though Barnidge's 55 catches for 612 yards and two TDs last season were a drop-off from his 79/1,043/9 stat line in 2015, it's still a bit of a surprise to see the veteran tight end unceremoniously sent packing. The move clearly signifies the Browns' commitment to Njoku, a talented young pass catcher who merits immediate fantasy consideration now that Barnidge is no longer in the mix.
Barnidge will face competition from first-round selection David Njoku, Nathaniel Cline of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Browns made Njoku their third selection of Thursday's opening round, trading up to No. 29 to select the rookie out of Miami. While he doesn't have much of a reputation for blocking, Njoku at least figures to provide Barnidge with immediate competition for targets in a part-time role on passing downs, after the 32-year-old failed to build on his breakout 2015 campaign, catching only 55 passes for 612 yards and two touchdowns on 81 targets last season.
Barnidge finished the 2016 campaign with five catches on five targets for 40 yards and a score against the Steelers on Sunday.
It was a disappointing season through and through for Barnidge, as the tight end was never able to recapture his 2015 magic. After finding the end zone 10 times a season ago, Barnidge scored just twice in 2016, as the Browns had difficulty scoring overall as an offensive unit. If Cleveland improves at the quarterback position, Barnidge's production could make a comeback, making him a sleeper in 2017.
Barnidge hauled in five receptions (on six targets) for 42 yards in Saturday's win over the Chargers.
Barnidge was a focal point in Cleveland's offense for one of the first times all season. His five receptions were his highest since Week 7, and he totaled his most receiving yards since Week 8. The tight end enjoyed a breakout year in 2015 but has been a bitter disappointment during this campaign, putting his future fantasy value in limbo. Barnidge will attempt to finish the season strong Sunday versus the Steelers.
Barnidge secured two of three targets for 35 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
No matter who is under center for the Browns, Barnidge just can not seem to get it going in 2016. Robert Griffin only looked his way three times Sunday, and with 45 total catches this season, Barnidge may be regretting his decision to stay with Cleveland. The 31-year-old tight end -- who found pay dirt nine times in 2015 -- has been targeted a measly four times in the red zone and has one touchdown to show for it.
Barnidge secured three passes (five targets) for 27 yards in Sunday's tilt with the Bengals.
His 27 receiving yards were his most since Week 8, which just highlights how much of a struggle this season has been for the 31-year-old tight end. This was Barnidge's first full game with Robert Griffin under center, so it may take awhile for them to build a rapport. However, if Griffin continues to struggle like he did against the Bengals, don't expect Barnidge to turn it around any time soon.
Barnidge (knee) is not listed on the Browns' Week 14 injury report.
Barnidge suffered a knee injury against the Giants in Week 12, but the tight end obviously benefited from the Browns' subsequent bye week and is on track to suit up Sunday against the Bengals. Through 12 contests, Barnidge -- who scored nine times last season -- has recorded just one TD, while averaging 3.3 catches and 39 receiving yards per game in that span. While he's still an option in deeper fantasy formats, Barnidge is well off his 2015 pace, which resulted in a final 79/1,043/9 stat line.
Barnidge (knee) participated in practice Tuesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Though the extent is unknown, Barnidge was able to practice Tuesday after injuring his knee during Sunday's game against the Giants. The Browns have a bye in Week 13, so the tight end will have plenty of time to rest and make sure his knee is good to go.
Barnidge suffered a knee injury during Sunday's game against the Giants, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Although Barnidge picked up 57 of the Browns' 75 offensive snaps, the ailment may be partially to blame for his dismal showing (one catch for 11 yards on three targets). He'll have a Week 13 bye in which to improve his health, but there could be another change of signal callers when he next takes the field on Dec. 11 versus the Bengals. Josh McCown started the last two games, Cody Kessler cleared concussion protocol Monday, and Robert Griffin (shoulder) will have an exam in the near future to determine if he can handle contact. None the options have been especially friendly for Barnidge, who has managed just five 50-plus yard performances and one touchdown in 12 games this season.
Barnidge caught just one pass (three targets) for 11 yards versus the Giants on Sunday.
Though Barnidge and Josh McCown hooked up for the tight end's first touchdown of the season in Week 11, McCown's presence for an entire game clearly had no positive impact on Barnidge. He was targeted just three times and walked away with a lone reception, while third-string tight end Seth DeValve saw more targets and caught three passes for 39 yards, which makes us wonder if Barnidge should shoulder more of the blame than his quarterbacks for his lackluster year. The 31-year-old will attempt to turn it around after the team's Week 13 bye.
Barnidge caught two passes (five targets) for 23 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
Fantasy owners rejoiced Sunday, as Barnidge was finally able to break the seal and find the end zone for the first time in 2016. It's been a rather unproductive season for the former Pro Bowler, but this could end up being a turning point. Barnidge's touchdown was delivered by Josh McCown, and with reports that Cody Kessler (concussion) could be shut down for the year, Barnidge and McCown have a chance to rediscover their rapport from 2015, which should automatically boost the former's fantasy value.
Barnidge caught one of four targets for eight yards Thursday versus the Ravens.
With another underwhelming outing, Barnidge just doesn't seem to be a big part of coach Hue Jackson's offensive game plan this season. The former Louisville Cardinal played a season-low 39 snaps and has just seven receptions over his last three games. He even lost out on a touchdown against the Ravens that instead went to third-string tight end Seth DeValve. Barnidge's fantastic 2015 campaign is now a distant memory, and with just a handful of games remaining, there's little hope he can recapture the magic.
Barnidge caught all three of his targets for 23 yards against the Cowboys on Sunday.
With a season-low in catches and receiving yards, Barnidge had his most forgettable game of the season Sunday. The 31-year-old is still among the top 10 in targets among tight ends, but without a touchdown to his name in 2016, his value is beginning to drop.
Barnidge caught three of his seven targets for 42 yards versus the Jets on Sunday.
On the first play of the game, Josh McCown hit Barnidge down the middle for a 32-yard gain, and it seemed like the tight end was finally going to have his day. In the end, though, Barnidge caught just two more passes for a total of 10 yards, adding to the frustration of fantasy owners still expecting him to duplicate his 2015 numbers. The 30-year-old will try to bounce back in Week 9 against a talented Cowboys defense.
Barnidge hauled in a team-leading six catches on seven targets for 66 yards against Cincinnati on Sunday.
Barnidge's touchdown drought continued against the Bengals on Sunday, as the tight end has yet to find pay dirt in 2016. Cleveland has used six different quarterbacks through the first seven weeks, so a lack of chemistry could be contributing to Barnidge's inability to score. The good news is that he's caught at least five passes in each of the last four games.
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