WEDNESDAY, 5:11pm: The deal is official, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com (on Twitter).
TUESDAY, 4:37pm: We’ve seen some big name tight ends switch teams today, but it appears that one receiving threat will be staying put. ESPN’s Nick Wagoner reports (via Twitter) that the Rams will re-sign Lance Kendricks to a four-year deal worth about $18.5MM.
A second-round pick in 2011, the 27-year-old still hasn’t had his “breakout” season in the NFL. Despite missing only two games in his four seasons, Kendricks only holds career-highs of 42 receptions, 519 yards and five touchdowns. He finished 2014 with 27 catches for 259 yards, earning him an underwhelming ranking from Pro Football Focus (38th among 67 tight end candidates). Those same numbers suggest that Kendrick is average catching the ball and blocking for the pass, but below-average when it comes to run blocking.
The Falcons were previously rumored to be eyeing the tight end.