The Eagles aren’t going to be doing anything major on the free agent market this offseason, but I could see them making a subtle move at the tight end position. They can’t be thrilled about the production they got from their tight ends in 2012.
Eagles starting tight end Brent Celek had an off year in 2012 by dropping the football far too often. He’s never been a great blocker, but he was always thought of as a reliable pass receiver, but you could say that about him in 2012.
Celek caught 57 passes for 684 yards and one touchdown a year ago, and his backup Clay Harbor caught 25 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles aren’t awful at tight end, but they could add some size and speed to the unit and it wouldn’t cost them a bundle of money to do it. There are a couple of tight ends, who they could decide to target.
I’m sure Eagles new Player Personnel Director Tom Gamble has told the Eagles about 49ers backup tight end Delanie Walker. He’s a great athlete with outstanding speed for his size, who has the ability to block and can beat linebackers and safeties on pass routes. Walker has played in the shadow of Niners All Pro tight end Vernon Davis.
Martellus Bennett who played the first four years of his career for the Dallas Cowboys before being signed by the New York Giants, would be a good target for the Birds. He had the best year of his career a year ago with 55 catches and five touchdowns. He is a better blocker than any tight end the Birds have on their roster.
Getting better run blocking from the Eagles tight ends could move the Birds to sign a tight end in free agency.