Jacob Tamme Reunites with Peyton Manning in Denver
March 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Former Colts’ tight end Jacob Tamme has signed a 3 year, $9 million deal with the Denver Broncos, according to ESPN. The move makes him the first of Peyton Manning’s former teammates to join him in Denver.
Tamme burst onto the scene in 2010, when Dallas Clark went down and Tamme filled in with Clark-like numbers. When Clark got hurt again in 2011, Tamme once again filled in. His numbers were not great, but again his quarterback was Curtis Painter for most of the year.
The Broncos also signed former Houston Texans’ tight end Joel Dreesen. Dreesen is a very good red zone target for Manning. The Broncos badly needed a starting tight end in the offseason, and they got two.
However, this move does make it likely that Dallas Clark will not sign with Denver. He is past his prime and injury prone, and with little to no interest around the league, we could have seen the last of Dallas. I still think some team will need a replacement for an injured TE and that Dallas will get another shot, but that is far from certain.
As for the Colts tight end position… that is now their biggest need. I have always said that the most important position for a young quarterback is a tight end. Right now, Brody Eldridge is the Colts tight end. Eldridge can block and is not a terrible receiver, but the Colts badly need a pass catching tight end. If Coby Fleener is available at pick number 34, the Colts would be absolutely thrilled to get him. I think he will go in the first round, however, so the Colts will need to find someone else.
The Colts need a tight end. They really need a tight end. It will be interesting to see who they get.