Dec 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) leaps over Indianapolis Colts strong safety Joe Lefeged (35) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
With free agent tight end Brandon Pettigrew looking for a team and the Houston Texans looking for a tight end, one must think there must be some mutual interest.
As tweeted by Michael Silver of the NFL Network, there are a few possible “landing spots” for Pettigrew, including the Texans or a return to his team from last season, the Detroit Lions.
Also on this topic, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com wrote on Wednesday:
"“The Lions worked on a long-term deal with Pettigrew before the last league year ended, but couldn’t reach a deal. They even considered using the franchise tag.”"
In 2013, Pettigrew caught 41 passes for 415 yards and just two touchdowns with the Lions, in 14 games. He hasn’t played a full 16-game regular season since 2011.
This past season was Pettigrew’s worst since his 2009 rookie year where he played in 11 games and caught 30 passes for 346 yards. He’s played a full season on two occasions.
Ganguli also wrote the Texans tight end options:
"“There are options, though the Texans figure to be thrifty. It wouldn’t make much sense for them to save $4.5 million in cap space by releasing Daniels, only to fill most of that back up with a new tight end’s salary.”"
I think the Texans can get a better option at tight end than Pettigrew for a lot better price.
There is still an opportunity for the Texans to re-sign Garrett Graham, but since they released Owen Daniels on Tuesday, this team will eventually have to make a decision on another tight end sometime this offseason as the only TEs on the roster currently are Ryan Griffin and Zach Potter.
Potter was with the Jacksonville Jaguars this past season.
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