Logan Paulsen became the player released to clear space for the Texans’ Gareon Conley addition. The veteran cornerback’s acquisition pushed the 10th-year tight end off the roster.
Paulsen caught on with Houston to start this season, following an Atlanta release. But the former Redskins tight end has not played yet in 2019. The Texans have used Darren Fells and Jordan Akins as their tight ends, and they have Jordan Thomas and rookie Kahale Warring looming as potential IR-return candidates.
After his five-year Washington stay, Paulsen has bounced to Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and Houston. Known more as a blocking tight end, the 32-year-old Paulsen has caught just 12 passes since the start of the 2016 season.
The Texans traded a 2020 third-round pick for Conley, who will help fortify their battered cornerback group.
September 2nd, 2019 at 12:42pm CST by Zachary Links
His name was Logan Paulsen, and he was cut by the Falcons over the weekend. On Monday, he agreed to a brand new deal with the Texans, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter).
The 32-year-old joined the Falcons in the 2018 offseason and proceeded to appear in 15 games (ten starts). The tight end didn’t contribute much in the passing game, finishing with nine catches for 91 yards and one touchdown. However, Paulsen did contribute as a blocker, with Pro Football Focus giving him solid grades for his pass-blocking. Ultimately, the site ranked the veteran 39th among 70 eligible tight ends.
Paulsen has had previous stints with the Redskins, Bears, and 49ers. Now, he adds a new jersey to his collection with an opportunity to catch passes from Deshaun Watson. As of this writing, the Texans have Jordan Akins, Jordan Thomas, Darren Fells, third-round pick Kahale Warring, and Jerell Adams on the 53-man roster. In the coming hours, one of those TEs will likely be displaced.
March 16th, 2019 at 8:47pm CST by Andrew Ortenberg
Some assorted contract details from around the NFL:
Malik Jackson, DT (Eagles): Five years, $50MM, $17MM guaranteed. $9MM signing bonus, $1MM 2019 salary guaranteed. $7.6MM salary in 2020, $4.6MM of which is guaranteed. Base salaries of $9MM, $10MM, and $11MM in 2021-2023. Twitter link via Dan Graziano of ESPN.com.
Jason Verrett, CB (49ers): One year, cap charge of $1.5MM. $1.1MM salary of which $600K is guaranteed, plus $400K signing bonus. Verrett “can earn up to $3 million for the season if he is active for all 16 games. It’s $31,250 per game on 53-man roster (up to $500k) and an additional Roster Bonus of $62,500 per game on 46-man game day roster (up to $1 million)”. Twitterlinks via Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com.
Darryl Roberts, CB (Jets): Re-signed. Three years, $18MM max value, but essentially only a one year deal according to Darryl Slater of NJ.com. There’s $6MM in guaranteed money, with another $2MM of his 2020 salary guaranteed for injury only. $5MM salary in 2020, $6.5MM salary in 2021, and zero dead money in either year if they want to cut him.
Tyrell Williams, WR (Raiders): Four years, $44MM. There was originally reported to be $22MM in guaranteed money, but that’s apparently not true. There’s only $10MM in guaranteed money in the contract, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic (Twitter link).
Logan Paulsen, TE (Falcons): Re-signed. Paulsen’s one year deal will have a base salary of $930K. Twitter link via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
LoganPaulsen is signing another one-year pact with the Falcons. The team announced that they’ve re-signed the veteran tight end.
The 32-year-old joined the Falcons last offseason and proceeded to appear in 15 games (10 starts). The tight end didn’t contribute much in the passing game, finishing with nine catches for 91 yards and one touchdown. However, Paulsen did contribute as a blocker, with Pro Football Focus giving him solid grades for his pass-blocking. Ultimately, the site ranked the veteran 39th among 70 eligible tight ends.
Paulsen has had previous stints with the Redskins, Bears, and 49ers. His best season came in 2013 with Washington when he hauled in 28 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
The Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent tight end Logan Paulsen, the club announced today. The pact is worth $1.005MM and contains $200K guaranteed, tweets Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
Atlanta hasn’t been very active during the first wave of the free agent period, but the club had been on the lookout for a veteran tight end to pair with Austin Hooper. After releasing Levine Toilolo earlier this month, the Falcons reportedly had interest in Ed Dickson before he landed with the Seahawks, and they met with Paulsen earlier today before inking him to a deal.
Paulsen, 31, has attracted a bit of interest on the free agent market, as he visited the Lions earlier this week. After hitting a high-water mark with 28 receptions for the Redskins in 2013, Paulsen’s offensive role — regardless of team — has been drastically reduced. He managed just three total catches with the Bears and 49ers in 2016-17, but he contributes on special teams and is one of the NFL’s best pass-blocking tight ends, per Pro Football Focus.
The Lions are seeking veteran options at tight end. ESPN’s Field Yates reports that Detroit hosted free agent LoganPaulsen today (via ProFootballTalk.com’s Charean Williams).
Paulsen, 31, has bounced around the league since leaving the Redskins following the 2015 campaign. Last season, the tight end appeared in 14 games (one start) for the 49ers without collecting a single catch. Paulsen didn’t earn enough snaps to qualify for Pro Football Focus’ rankings, but the veteran was rated higher as a blocking tight end.
Half the league reportedly has interest in Burton, so the 49ers will certainly have competition if they seek to sign the 26-year-old former undrafted free agent. But San Francisco will enter the free agent period with roughly $66MM in cap space (good for fifth in the league), so the club will have the funds needed to make a real pursuit of Burton, who remains unlikely to re-sign with the Eagles after rejecting an offer from Philadelphia that he did not consider “serious.”
As Barrows notes, the 49ers currently employ two in-line tight ends in George Kittle and Garrett Celek. However, head coach Kyle Shanahan is likely looking for a “move” tight end, a player — such as Burton — who has the ability to play in the slot or split out wide. Other tight ends on San Franscisco’s roster includes Cole Hikutini and Cole Wick, while Barrows reports the Niners aren’t expected to re-sign veteran Logan Paulsen.
Burton, for his part, has spent four seasons with the Eagles but only became a factor on offense beginning in 2016. Even since then, he’s played second fiddle to starting tight end Zach Ertz. Over the past two years, Burton has averaged 30 receptions, 288 yards, and three touchdowns per season, but he’s been extremely efficient. Football Outsiders ranked Burton third in DVOA among tight ends a season ago, meaning he provided value on a per-play basis.
Hall was handed a pink slip on Oct. 19, but the Niners are calling on him once again after cornerback K’Waun Williams suffered a quadriceps injury. This time around, the veteran is hoping for a longer stint with the team. Hall was first signed on Oct. 10 and did not see live action in his two weeks on the roster. He did, however, collect on two game checks and participate in four practices.
Paulsen was signed late last week to fill the spot vacated by Hall’s release. Today’s switcharoo will put Paulsen on the free agent market since he is a vested veteran and not subject to waivers.