When the Arizona Cardinals signed Jermaine Gresham to his extension last offseason, one of the main criticism that fell the contract was not about production, blocking, or lack of usage from Bruce Arians at the tight end position.
No, one of the biggest criticisms was that Gresham was a penalty magnet at a position where he was now one of the higher paid players in the NFL.
Well, Gresham did his best to hold down his title as most penalized tight end in the NFL, despite playing 85 fewer snaps, Gresham was penalized one more time in 2017 than 2016.
Gresham was penalized 10 times for 80 yards in 2017 according to Sports Facts.
Last season, Gresham had nine penalties, so even in less playing time, he had more penalties this season.
Gresham is likely to be on the roster for the 2018 season because of his cost, but he is unlikely to see the field before October at the earliest, as he deals with a ruptured achilles he suffered in the final game of the 2017 season.
Here’s to hoping that Gresham makes a full recovery and can make a big impact in 2018, while cutting down on the penalties.