As the Arizona Cardinals try and rinse the stench of 2018 off, one of the most important things they will do is turnover the roster.
We have seen that already with the signings of veterans Robert Alford and Brooks Reed, and it continues with the Cardinals addressing another glaring need, this one at tight end, as the team announced today they have signed veteran tight end Charles Clay to a one-year contract.
From the team:
Clay (6-3, 255) is an eight-year NFL veteran who played the past four seasons (2015-18) with Buffalo after spending his first four seasons (2011-14) in the league with Miami. He has played in 112 career games (100 starts) and has 339 receptions for 3,631 yards (10.7-yard avg.) and 23 touchdowns. The 30-year old Clay is the only tight end in Bills history to have three consecutive 500+ yard receiving seasons after recording 558 yards in 2017, 552 yards in 2016 and 528 yards in 2015. He had 57 receptions in 2016, the second most by a Bills tight end in franchise history.
A Little Rock, AR native, Clay entered the league with Miami as a sixth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Tulsa where he played both running back and fullback for the Golden Hurricanes. Clay’s best season with Miami came in 2013 when he had 69 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns. He was released by Buffalo on Friday.
Clay seems like a prime fit for Kliff Kingsbury’s offense as a move tight end and H-Back, depending on how he is able to move still.
Clay saw a massive drop in production from 2017 to 2018, but much of that is likely attributed to a bad Buffalo Bills offense.
If he can regain his 2017 form, where he had 49 catches for 558 yards and two touchdowns, he’ll be a nice asset.
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