The New York Giants are in the market for a tight end yet again. After one season they have let tight end Martellus Bennett walk away for a more lucrative opportunity with the Chicago Bears.
Though both general manager Jerry Reese and co-owner John Mara have expressed faith in the current in house – candidates Bear Pascoe, Larry Donnell and Adrian Robinson – the truth is that the Giants are in
the market for need of a tight end.
Tight ends currently left available on the free agent market will probably command more money than the Giants are willing to spend (see: Dustin Keller), but there are still some other options.
The Giants will likely enter draft day with their current tight end situation and wait to see how things shake out on draft day before exploring more veteran tight end options. If things don't shake out the way the Giants like during the draft, they should investigate a trade for St. Louis Rams tight end Lance Kendricks.
Drafted in the second-round out of Wisconsin in the 2011 NFL Draft, Kendricks was considered a tight end with a ton of "upside" as a receiver.
In two seasons, Kendricks has not lived up to the expectations that St. Louis had for him when the drafted him in 2011. Just this past week the team signed tight end Jared Cook to a deal worth more than $30 million. Cook has ties to the current regime from his days in Tennessee, whereas Kendricks does not.
Kendricks will have a cap hit of just over $1.1 million this season and just over $1.3 next season. Both a fairly affordable numbers.
Though Kenricks has not produced as expected in St. Louis, a change of scenery might do him the same good it did Martellus Bennett. And while we would not be willing to part with much to get Kendricks if any of us were were Jerry Reese, the Rams may be looking to dump him at some point. And it could be worth investigating.
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