TE - FA
NFL Insider Alex Marvez is reporting that free agent TE Gary Barnidge will attempt to play in 2018.
Although Barnidge didn't play in 2017, the 32-year-old tight end intends to play next season. Per Marvez, Barnidge elected to sit out in an attempt to get a better deal on the open market. And in 2018, he could get just that, especially since he had a year off to rest the bumps and bruises on his aging body.
Gary Barnidge is scheduled to meet with the Texans, after three of their tight ends went down with injuries.
If Barnidge is signed, he is an immediate add. He will be a nice safety blanket for rookie QB Watson. Barnidge is two seasons removed from a 79/1043/9 season.
The First Coast News' Mike Kaye is reporting free agent tight end Gary Barnidge will visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday.
Barnidge has lingered on the open market since his release from the Browns in May. However, with training camp approaching, he has a visit and workout set up with the tight end-needy Jaguars next Tuesday. The 31-year-old would be an outstanding fit in Jacksonville as the only reliable TE on the roster is Marcedes Lewis, followed by underwhelming talents that include free agent acquisition Mychal Rivera, Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling. If not with the Jaguars, I'd expect Barnidge to sign with a new club sooner rather than later. The Jets and Ravens could also be in the mix for his services.
NFL.com is reporting free agent tight end Gary Barnidge is in no hurry to sign with a club, despite visiting with the Buffalo Bills last month. Reports suggest the veteran tight end is "waiting" to see if the Baltimore Ravens are interested in his services for the 2017 season. "They have to call my agent. They know who to call and who to contact and all of that stuff," Barnidge said Thursday. "I just know we haven't heard anything yet, which is fine. I am in no hurry. I'm staying in shape. I'm ready, I'll be ready when that call comes. I'm in no rush right now."
Barnidge, who was released by the Browns in late April, remains an unsigned free agent. However, he's not lingering on the open market because he's garnered no interest -- he visited with the Bills last month. He's reportedly waiting to see if the right opportunity will come around as he is in the twilight of his career. Barnidge, 31, will turn 32 in September and is nearing the end of the line. He likely wants to play for a contender, or at least for a team, like the Ravens, who have a chance to compete.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is reporting former Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge will visit with the Buffalo Bills Wednesday.
If Buffalo signs Barnidge, it will be a strong indication that they don't believe in Charles Clay. Expect the Bills' top tight end spot to be up for grabs if both players are on the roster moving forward, leaving their fantasy value in doubt. Barnidge could also be pursued by the Jets, who have had a hole at the position since Dustin Keller.