The 2019 NFL offseason has begun and teams are already making key decisions. Here are the top tight ends that could hit the open market on March 13.
It’s safe to say that once NFL free agency rolls around on March 13, one position that doesn’t seem to be have an abundance of talent this year is the tight end spot.
It’s not that there aren’t some notable performers that could be made available to teams. But it’s a group that has more question marks than answers – due primarily to injuries. Still, there are clubs that will look to fill a spot or add some depth at this position. And perhaps a bargain can be found among the following five players.
5. Maxx Williams (Baltimore Ravens)
He was a second-round pick in 2015 from the University of Minnesota. And he seemed like an ideal addition to a Baltimore Ravens offense that was looking to fill the sudden absences by tight end Dennis Pitta — who played in a combined seven games in 2013-14 and missed all of ’15. Yes, he would return in 2016 and lead John Harbaugh’s club in catches. But that would be the end for the talented pass-catcher.
Maxx Williams has had his own problems staying healthy and just hasn’t developed into the player the Ravens hoped he would. He’s missed 22 games in four seasons and in 42 regular-season outings has caught just 63 passes for 497 yards and three scores.
Considering that the organization used a pair of 2018 draft choices on the tight end position — first-round selection Hayden Hurst and third-round pick Mark Andrews — it’s apparent that the team is ready to move on from the one-time Golden Gopher standout.