2:31pm: The two-year pact has a max value of just over $4MM, tweets Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
10:14am: Tamme’s deal with the Falcons is for two years, says Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
9:50am: The Falcons have added a tight end to their roster, announcing today (via Twitter) that they’ve signed veteran free agent Jacob Tamme away from the Broncos. Tamme himself tweeted about the news as well, expressing his excitement this morning about joining the Falcons.
On a crowded Broncos depth chart that also featured Julius Thomas and Virgil Green, Tamme saw his role reduced in recent years — after he grabbed 52 balls in 2012, the former fourth-round pick had his reception total drop to 20 in 2013 and to just 14 in 2014.
Although he wasn’t playing a huge role in the Denver offense, Tamme, who turned 30 this past Sunday, still drew interest from the Broncos this offseason. Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com first reported this morning (via Twitter) that Tamme was likely to sign with the Broncos, but cautioned that the Broncos could still make a last-minute play for their tight end. Denver lost Thomas in free agency earlier this month, but re-signed Green and added Owen Daniels.
For Atlanta, Tamme will help try to solidify a position that has been lacking for the team since Tony Gonzalez retired. In 2014, Levine Toilolo was the Falcons’ primary tight end, but he caught just 31 balls for 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as Matt Ryan relied primarily on his receivers and running backs when he dropped back to pass.