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  • Hayden Hurst TE | LAC

    Hayden Hurst: Released by Carolina

    The Panthers released Hurst on Wednesday, Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Hurst made it through just one season of a three-year, $21.75 million contract and will be cut loose even though most of his 2024 salary is guaranteed. A concussion cost him the final eight games of 2023, with reports of post-traumatic amnesia perhaps bringing retirement into consideration for the 30-year-old tight end. Hurst should have some interest around the league if he wants to keep playing, though it'll be on a much smaller contract than what he signed last offseason. He cleared the NFL's five-step concussion protocol in January.

  • Raiders' Harrison Bryant: Signs one-year deal with Vegas

    Bryant agreed Wednesday with the Raiders on a one-year, $3.25 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Bryant is slated to replace Austin Hooper as the the veteran backup to 2023 second-round draft pick Michael Mayer (toe) in Las Vegas. After exceeding 200 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons in the NFL, Bryant had just 81 yards with the Browns in the 2023 regular season despite suiting up for all 17 games.

  • Brock Bowers: Missing pro day due to hamstring

    Bowers is dealing with a minor hamstring injury and won't work out Wednesday at Georgia's pro day, Taylor Bisciotti of NFL Network reports.

    Jordan Reid of reports that Bowers plans to hold a separate workout for NFL teams on April 10. He's considered the best tight end in the 2024 class by a wide margin and likely will be picked in the first half of the first round. Bowers missed a chunk of the 2023 season with an ankle injury that required tightrope surgery, but he made it back for Georgia's final two regular-season games and its SEC title game loss to Alabama, catching 15 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns over his final three appearances to close out a prolific collegiate career shortly before his 21st birthday. His 2,538 receiving yards were the most ever by an SEC tight end, and he scored 31 touchdowns (26 receiving) in 40 games across three seasons.

  • Pharaoh Brown TE | SEA

    Seahawks' Pharaoh Brown: Joining Seahawks

    Brown has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Seahawks, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    Brown is coming off a 2023 campaign that saw him tally 208 yards and one touchdown on 13 receptions for the Patriots. Seattle will be his fifth city across seven seasons. The journeyman will presumably compete for the backup tight end role behind Noah Fant (hand).

  • Patriots' Austin Hooper: Headed to New England

    Hooper is expected to sign with the Patriots on a one-year, $4.25 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Hooper accumulated 234 yards on 25 receptions across 17 games (nine starts) in Las Vegas last season. New England will mark his fifth team during his nine-year career. The journeyman projects to back up Hunter Henry as the Patriots' No. 2 tight end.

  • Adam Trautman TE | DEN

    Broncos' Adam Trautman: Back in Denver

    Trautman has agreed to re-sign with the Broncos on a two-year contract, Zac Stevens of reports.

    After spending his first three seasons in New Orleans, Trautman finished his first campaign in Denver with 204 yards and three touchdowns on 22 receptions. The 27-year-old projects to again provide depth at tight end in the upcoming season as the No. 2 option behind Greg Dulcich (foot).

  • Gerald Everett TE | CHI

    Bears' Gerald Everett: Joining Chicago

    Everett (knee) and the Bears are in agreement on a contract, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

    One of the better receiving options among a weak free-agent class of tight ends, Everett is linking up with a Bears team that already has a proven starter in Cole Kmet, who is coming off a 719-yard, six-TD season. Everett could take some of the snaps in obvious passing situations given that he's probably a bit quicker and more agile, though Kmet is taller, heavier, stronger and has a better track record of receiving production. The Bears may have a lot of two-TE formations in mind, especially with their WR depth behind No. 1 DJ Moore looking shaky at the moment. Still, it's not a great fantasy situation for Everett, who turns 30 in June after five straight seasons in the range of 408 to 555 receiving yards (for three different teams).

  • Irv Smith TE | KC

    Chiefs' Irv Smith: Joining Super Bowl champs

    Smith is in line to sign a one-year deal with Kansas City, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Smith was limited to 18 catches on 26 targets for 115 yards and one TD over 12 regular-season games with the Bengals last season, but the 2019 second-rounder does have some bounce-back potential as a pass-catcher. As long as top tight end Travis Kelce is healthy though, Smith doesn't have a path to steady target volume with Kansas City.

  • Durham Smythe TE | MIA

    Dolphins' Durham Smythe: Restructures deal, new competition

    Smythe restructured his contract with the Dolphins on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Smythe is one of a number of Miami players to agree to restructured contracts ahead of the start of the new league year, freeing up some much-needed cap space for the team. As the Dolphins' top tight end last season, Smythe remained a plus blocker but finished with just a 35-366-0 receiving line, leading to the team's decision to bring in Jonnu Smith, a superior pass catcher with real YAC ability. That signing could spell the end of Smythe's brief run as a tight end with low-end fantasy appeal, though he and Smith do seem likely for a true split of offensive snaps. With Atlanta last season, Smith managed a 50-582-3 receiving line while competing with Kyle Pitts.

  • Mike Gesicki TE | CIN

    Bengals' Mike Gesicki: Joining Cincinnati TE corps

    Gesicki is in line to sign a one-year deal with the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Per Schefter, Gesicki's pending deal is worth up to $3.25 million. The 28-year-old is coming off a 2023 campaign in which he caught 29 of his 45 targets for 244 yards and a pair of TDs in 17 regular-season games, while working in a New England TE corps that also included Hunter Henry and Pharaoh Brown. With Cincinnati, it's plausible that Gesicki (who caught 73 passes with Miami in 2021) could see an uptick in targets if he's able to earn steady snaps and develop a strong rapport with QB Joe Burrow (wrist).

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