NFL free agency 2014: Tight end rankings and predictions; Jimmy Graham to Seattle Seahawks? Possible destinations for Jermichael Finley, Brandon Pettigrew [GIFs]
The Sports World News free agency primer continues until free agency starts on March 11th. A position that has gotten picked apart early in free agency, tight end remains a buyers market if you are a team willing to pay a huge price. The top five at the position and predictions:
1) Jimmy Graham: Although Graham got the franchise tag, the Saints kept the door open for teams to sign him. For the low price of two first round picks and an $11 million per year contract you can have the best tight end in football. The Seahawks and Packers are two teams that come to mind that have the means and need to make such a move. Giving up two picks in the high 20s or 30s for a player of Grahams caliaber? Every organization in the league is having that converstaion.
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2) Jermichael Finley: I rank Finley second based off pure ability. If he is unable to return from his severe neck and head injuries then of course no one will sign him. Under the assumption that Finley is healthy and can play, he is a steal for a team willing to take a chance. Rumors are that New York players have tried to sway Finley to the Giants.
3) Brandon Pettigrew: Rumor is that Pettigrew is asking for Dennis Pitta money, but what has Pettigrew done? Pitta is a huge piece of the Raven offense and the favorite target of Joe Flacco. Pettigrew gets overshadowed by Joseph Fauria and has the Lions scrambling for a complement to Calvin Johnson. If Pettigrew is unwilling to find middle ground the Lions are better off looking elsewhere.
4) Garrett Graham: A more underrated option in this class, Graham could be a steal in 2014. He preformed well in relief of the injured Owen Daniels and should have moderate interest from various teams around the league. Look out for Graham in the right system. The right place would be playing the role that Delanie Walker left behind in San Francisco aside from Vernon Davis.
5) Brandon Myers: A disappointing encore performance to his 2012 campaign leaves Myers looking for a new home. The Giants have been able to make tight ends out of thin air in the past, but their luck ran out with Myers. That doesn’t bode well for Myers in the open market, but he has a lot left in the tank. Giants could keep him around as a TE2 and a blocker.
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