Former Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge was on SirusXM NFL Radio on Monday and he was asked which teams have reached out to him after he was released in late April. The veteran tight end said he met with the Bills, heard from multiple coaches, from some old coaches from the Jaguars and the Broncos.
Barnidge is entering his 10th season in the NFL and is coming off two very productive seasons for the Cleveland Browns. In 2015, Barnidge had 79 receptions for 1,043 yards and 9 touchdowns. This past season, he totaled 55 receptions for 612 yards and 2 touchdowns. That's 134 receptions for 1,655 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons.
Before his 2015 breakout season, Barnidge only had 44 receptions for 603 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first seven NFL seasons. So he is a bit of a late bloomer but has been one of the more productive tight ends in the NFL the past two seasons.
The Cleveland Browns parted ways with Barnidge after the first-round of the 2017 NFL Draft when they selected former Miami tight end David Njoku with one of their three first-round picks in the draft.
Now the Broncos do not seem to be in the market for another tight end after selecting talented tight end prospect Jake Butt in the fifth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft. They also have veteran Virgil Green, former third-round pick Jeff Heuerman, and A.J. Derby(who they traded for last season) already at the tight end position. So they have already have a crowded tight end room as it is. Also, Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com recently said that the Broncos remain "very high" on tight end A.J. Derby, so would they really add another tight end to the mix?
Now with that said, the Broncos did have some coaches reach out to Barnidge apparently. He said they were former coaches, so that narrows it down to Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy and Tight End's Coach Geep Chryst. Both coached Barnidge during his early years with the Panthers. So there could be some interest, but I do not see it materializing unless they decide to part ways with veteran Virgil Green.
What do you think Mile High Report?
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