The Arizona Cardinals need help at the tight end position. They have Ricky Seals-Jones and Jermaine Gresham, but Gresham is recovering from an achilles tear in the Cardinals last game of the season.
Then there is former second round pick Troy Niklas, who we have heard nary a word on, who is now signing with the New England Patriots.
The #Patriots have agreed to terms with former #AZCardinals TE Troy Niklas on a 1-year deal, source said. The 2014 2nd round draft pick recently visited New England.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2018
When you look at the history of the Cardinals first two draft classes, outside of Tyrann Mathieu, Deone Bucannon and a season and a half of John Brown, there has not been much to celebrate.
Jonathan Cooper was okay for the Dallas Cowboys last season, but his work was rewarded with a small contract, likely in a backup role, for the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, Kevin Minter is still looking for a job after an abysmal year with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Insert Niklas, who was supposed to be the longterm answer at tight end for the Arizona Cardinals. Now, he is simply an afterthought on a much dried up free agent market.
However, whenever the Patriots bring in anyone, and I do mean anyone, the fear is always they will revive that player.
From the standpoint of just Troy Niklas, you hope he gets an opportunity and can stay healthy, however, selfishly as a fan you don’t want to see him finally “get it” somewhere else.
However, hopefully it works out for Troy and no matter what, he can stay healthy and get a chance to prove himself on the field.