Houston Texans former tight end Ryan Griffin has signed with the New York Jets.
Houston Texans former tight end Ryan Griffin has found a new home after spending the first six seasons in Houston. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Griffin was mainly a depth player for the Texans at the tight end position and contributed on special teams. Griffin finished his four-year rookie scale contract with the Texans and re-signed to a three-year deal worth up to $9 million deal.
Texans drafted talented tight end Kahale Warring in the 2019 NFL Draft and his selection meant for the beginning of the end for the veteran tight end. He was released in the offseason in the final year of his contract extension after marginal production in 2018 and being unable to catch the football in the endzone.
Griffin created some issues for himself off the field after being arrested in Tennessee for being intoxicated in public and vandalism after allegedly breaking a window in the hotel room he was staying in. However, the case was later dismissed and Griffin has had no prior transgressions with the law as a professional football player.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported that the New York Jets reached an agreement with the Griffin to form part of their start of training camp and preseason activities. Jets are in need of contributors at the tight end position with the recent suspension of their starter Chris Herndon to a four-game suspension due to testing positive for substances that the NFL has deemed illegal for players.
Griffin finished his six-year stint with the Texans with 136 receptions, 1,491 receiving yards, and seven touchdown receptions.