Vannett and the Broncos agreed on a two-year deal, per Rapoport. The pact is worth $5.7MM, Mike Klis of 9News tweets, with $2.5MM guaranteed.
Statistically, Vannett’s best season came in 2018, when he caught 29 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns. He, however, graded as Pro Football Focus’ third-worst 2019 tight end and has not thus far justified the Seahawks’ Day 2 draft investment. His primary skill being blocking, however, figures to help in what will be an interesting tight end competition in Denver.
The former third-round pick will join 2019 first-rounder Noah Fant, sixth-year Bronco Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt among Denver’s tight ends. Vannett’s contract figures to give him an edge over Butt and 2018 fifth-rounder Troy Fumagalli.
Butt has now suffered three ACL tears and has not played since early in the 2018 season. Beyond Fant, the Broncos look set to hold a crowded competition whenever they reconvene for workouts.
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