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Three free agent tight ends who could help the Arizona Cardinals

Talented, yet budget friendly options at the tight end position.

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In an effort to expand the writing staff I am opening up an opportunity for people to write.

First off, there are no paid positions available on the staff, I work with the budget I am given and that is at $0 right now, but I wanted to get that out of the way first just in case anyone had an inkling.

Second, I am happy to allow any and all of you an opportunity to write, so if you are interested, write something and send it to me, my email is in the bio.

Rob reached out to me on Twitter and then blew me away with what he sent me.

Note: I am waiting to get Rob’s information to put him on the title, but you can find his Twitter here, reach out and let him know what you think. He is taking a chance and I appreciate it.

Here is Rob’s first article on who to try and keep and who to let go among the Arizona Cardinals 2017 free agents.

Here is Rob’s second article on seven potential cuts for the Arizona Cardinals.

Here is Rob’s third article on four wide receivers who could fit with the Arizona Cardinals.

The emphasis must now be on resigning the talented core of Cardinal free agents. Doing so could potentially eat up most of the team’s remaining cap space and (unless Keim can weave some contract magic) would limit them to mid-tier and bargain bin players, here are three tight ends who could fit.

TE: There were signs that Troy Niklas was beginning to emerge as a legitimate NFL tight-end before a season ending injury once again curtailed his development. 2017 training camp and preseason is truly make or break for him in Arizona. There was also great hope surrounding RFA Darren Fells but he fell short of expectations and ended up playing second fiddle to free agent Jermaine Gresham. Any tight-end the Cardinals bring in must be able to block proficiently and contribute in the short/intermediate passing game.

  • Jack Doyle (Ind): Excellent size at 6-6, 270lbs. Praised by Chuck Pagano as ‘one of the best pros on the team’ and given nicknames from Colt teammates such as ‘Mr Fundamental’ and ‘Mr Reliable’, Doyle could be the answer to Arizona’s perpetually uncertain TE position. A former undrafted free agent with a chip on his shoulder attitude he hasn’t missed a game in four years and does the dirty work that often goes unnoticed. Consistent, fully committed and emerged this year with 59rec/584yrds/5TDs it may be difficult to pry him away from his hometown Colts. It would be Arizona’s gain.
  • Rhett Ellison (Min): Primarily a blocking tight-end who is admired in Minnesota for this work ethic. Former 4th round pick in the 2012 draft suffered a torn patella tendon in week 17 of the 2015/16 season. Started 50 games over the past 5 seasons with the Vikings including 15 this past year. Has reliable hands but is not a natural athlete. Strictly a complementary offensive piece.
  • Ryan Griffin (Hou): A near physical replica of Dolye at 6-6, 265lbs. Former 6th round pick and 4th year in the league. Has shown consistent improvements in the blocking department since entering the league and also caught 50 passes in 16/17 season.