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Joel Dreessen is headed to Denver

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The Broncos have added a tight end, but it isn’t one of Peyton Manning’s former Colts teammates.

Dallas Clark is a free agent and there have been reports of Denver interest in Jacob Tamme, the team has landed former Texans tight end Joel Dreessen. Dreessen told Fox 29 in Houston that he is “going to Broncos” via a text message on Friday. The Texans were making a push to bring Dreessen back, but the allure of playing with Manning and/or a better offer caused Dreessen to opt for the Broncos.

Dreessen had 28 catches for 353 yards and six touchdowns for the Texans last season. He’s been a strong complement for Owen Daniels over the last three seasons in Houston and played on almost 70 percent of the team’s offensive snaps last season.

It’s unknown if the Broncos are still in the market for more help at tight end. They have Julius Thomas, Cornelius Ingram and Virgil Green currently on the roster at that position so there’s probably room for Tamme or Clark if they decide to bring in a familiar face for Manning to throw to in 2012.

The Texans could move James Casey from fullback to tight end to take Dreessen’s spot or they could look for help outside the organization.

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18 Responses to “Joel Dreessen is headed to Denver”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 23, 2012 11:12 AM

    Thomas, Ingram, Green, and Dreessen: The Mount Rushmore of tight ends.

  2. JackLeone says: Mar 23, 2012 11:14 AM

    All they have to do now is sign Vince Young so he can crown them this year’s dream team

  3. texansmike says: Mar 23, 2012 11:17 AM

    Dreesen was offered more money and a chance to start. He is also from Colorado and played at Colorado state.
    It’s that simple.

  4. apmn says: Mar 23, 2012 11:20 AM

    I like James Casey at tight end, he’s too good of an athlete to waste at fullback. No offense intended, fullbacks of the world…I have a ton of respect for what you do.

  5. bennprince says: Mar 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    Getting a starters job and money probably had something to do with it.

    Dressen is a good players but certainly not elite and easily replaceable.

  6. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 23, 2012 11:29 AM

    Julius Thomas was getting rave reviews out of camp last year before getting injured. He would be the most athletic tight end Peyton has ever had.

  7. briscocountyjr says: Mar 23, 2012 11:35 AM

    Great signing— It will be fun to see if Julius Thomas and his high ceiling can take off this year.

    Last year in training camp Julius was catching fire and requiring double coverage. Seems like he got caught by injuries. We’ll see…

  8. thebricam says: Mar 23, 2012 11:46 AM

    As a texans fan im sad to see him go. but i understand the allure of starting. so good for him

  9. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 23, 2012 11:49 AM

    I’d leave Casey at fullback. Hands like that coming form that position is great. Not too worried about replacing Dressen. All of the Texans t.e’s were drafted in the 3rd or later soooo

  10. kosarsmyidol says: Mar 23, 2012 12:33 PM

    Casey is wasted at fullback, as Foster is such a threat in the passing game. Who would you rather have catch it out of the backfield? It certainly can’t hurt to have a blocking tight end with hands.

  11. btowngetsdown says: Mar 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    Keep Casey at fullback and make Garrett Graham the 2nd tight end. He was a fourth round pick who can catch the football well.

  12. saintlaron says: Mar 23, 2012 12:46 PM

    Dreessen is the best all around tight end in the league not named Gronk. Very underrated player in the “fantasy” era we’re living in.

  13. 4thquartermagic says: Mar 23, 2012 1:57 PM

    welcome aboard.

    Look forward to Peyton Manning making you a multi-millionaire in a few years

  14. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    Who’s left on the texans team? Seems like they’re all leaving.

  15. djaehne says: Mar 23, 2012 4:11 PM

    After 2012 season, after Schaub, Brown, and Barwin are left to sign with other teams, that should take care of the purge. We should be
    respectable again by 2021, our next window of opportunity to be in the playoffs. What, did we have our cap lowered along with Washington and Dallas?

  16. texaninc says: Mar 23, 2012 5:42 PM

    It is funny how people are down on the Texans. Our backups are actually wanted by other teams! We must actually be decent for a change. Everyone is getting overpaid. Look at the per year average: Mario 16mil, Briesel 4mil, Winston 5.5mil, Dressen probably around 4mil. We let Demeco go for a 6mil cap savings. It almost pays for Foster who is worth way more.

    Nice offseason so far for Houston. If you want to know how to win, just watch the Pats, they never overpay. We did it for almost a decade and went nowhere. We have finally learned our lesson.

  17. db3300 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:55 PM

    “Our backups are actually wanted by other teams! We must actually be decent for a change.”

    Reality check: teams can’t win games without decent backups. You had better hope there is a plan in place to restock that many players with one draft since FA doesn’t seem to have done it.

  18. flsnupe says: Mar 23, 2012 9:39 PM

    Backups are important at backup pay rates. Teams that overpay for them don’t win. When u are a gm gb3300, you can spend thowners money like that on backups. I trust the drafting of the texans and think the have good players to step right in. It’s called planning and development.

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