Skip to content

Available veteran tight end options slim for Dolphins

Miami Dolphins v Houston Texans Getty Images

Several reports indicate that the injury suffered by Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller is as catastrophic as initially feared.

Keller reportedly tore the ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee, dislocated his kneecap and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that doctors also fear nerve damage that could turn a season-ending injury into a career-threatening one. That’s a tough draw for a player who signed a one-year contract in hopes of turning it into a bigger one next offseason.

The Dolphins’ main concern is how to fill in for Keller. The options on hand are Charles Clay, Michael Egnew and rookie Dion Sims, all drafted in the last three years. They have 34 catches between them, all by Clay, and coach Joe Philbin has sent some praise Egnew’s way during training camp. Keller was expected to play a major role as a receiver, though, so the Dolphins may look outside the team for help.

If they do, the free agent market doesn’t offer much. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that Daniel Graham has decided to retire and is content while Kevin Boss “isn’t retired yet” but isn’t expected to play again after suffering a series of concussions. Other options like Travis Beckum and Evan Moore failed to develop with the Giants and Eagles, respectively, while former Dolphin Randy McMichael would only help as a blocker.

If they do decide to go outside the organization, then, they may be better off waiting until cuts shake loose some other possibilities or seeing who teams might be looking to deal ahead of cutdown day. Whatever route they go, Keller will be missed.

Permalink 46 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Miami Dolphins, Rumor Mill
46 Responses to “Available veteran tight end options slim for Dolphins”
  1. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 18, 2013 6:19 PM

    they can sign shaincoe after we cut him

  2. offthelows says: Aug 18, 2013 6:20 PM

    If they acted a little sooner they could’ve gotten TE Cameron Morrah, who signed with the Lions today

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:24 PM

    There must be a 2nd string TE on another team that will be a step up from what they have and that they can offer a trade for.

    Sounds like that’s their best chance of getting a decent TE on their roster this year.

  4. indytom87 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:26 PM

    Could have been a small (relatively) bidding war for Dallas Clark – had this happened a week ago. Now he is with the Ravens.

  5. doublezero74 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:28 PM

    Aaron Hernandez has some free time

  6. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 18, 2013 6:30 PM

    or they could trade a bag of potato chips for clay harbor..

  7. cordellgc says: Aug 18, 2013 6:32 PM

    they can sign O.charles from the bengals after they are done trying to make him a FB. charles is a 45+ catch TE. he is just stuck behind a log jam in Cincinnati

  8. jakec4 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:33 PM

    That injury sounds bad. He tore every CL there is and for what?

  9. Jalen0595 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:33 PM

    Just call your old team in GB Joe. They are loaded with talented tight ends

  10. mwitt5148 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:33 PM

    Seahawks and Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver suffered pretty much the exact same injury and had nerve damage and never played another down again. Hopefully there isn’t any nerve damage. There will be some decent tight ends who are cut before the season. The Eagles have a couple that are good number 2 and 3 tight ends that are going to be cut.

  11. FinFan68 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:36 PM

    Fasano was the only decent or productive TE the Dolphins have had for years. No more time to wait for Egnew to “blossom”. He needs to step up right now. The kid has good speed and hands but could not block at all last year so they didn’t bother sending him on the field until late season. (Missouri TEs have not really been used as blockers over the last few years) It is not as if Keller was brought in to block though. Get Egnew on the field and out in a pattern. Sims can step in as the primary blocking TE. Clay should be able to step in for either role and the FB can be used as well. It is not ideal and essentially uses two roster spots to replace Fasano–but that is exactly what they were doing anyway, even with Keller. It won’t be as productive as I believe Keller would have been but it is not a lost season type deal for the team.

  12. dolfandave2 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:40 PM

    Obviously a trade is the most reasonable and fair alternative. We have D-Linemen as if they grew on trees and I am pretty sure someone could use one. How good of one depends on how good of a TE is being offered up.

  13. gridassassin says: Aug 18, 2013 6:43 PM

    I thought the Fins picked up the drunk Bear 2nd year player, who was a TE/FB: Evan Rodriguez

    Looks like they only want to use him at FB .

  14. sidepull says: Aug 18, 2013 6:46 PM

    Cooley

  15. taskforcefreddy says: Aug 18, 2013 6:50 PM

    Green Bay will be dropping at least one tight end from their roster and all have made splashes so far this pre season. Miami would be wise to make a move for one of them.

  16. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:51 PM

    The guy that did it is dirty . I know it was legal ,but it was so unnecessary. Dude went straight for his knees with wreckless abandon, and its a shame he probably ended a man’s career for a preseason hit that wasn’t even necessary. We now have Bernard Pollard’s twin ladies and gentlemen. I was disgusted by his comments, talking about “he wouldv gotten a fine for hitting high”. What a bunch of crock. Just because you can’t go for the head doesn’t mean you can’t go high. Dirty as dirty does. Trust me, this dude will be in a few more unnecessary hits and potential fines and penalties because I can tell his line is blurred when it comes to erring on the side of caution.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 18, 2013 6:53 PM

    And the Lions still have a plan for Tony Scheffler. A plan to trade him.

  18. wyntyrmute says: Aug 18, 2013 6:59 PM

    I’m not surprised it was against the Texans. The Texans teach the chop block and this wasn’t too dissimilar.
    If you look at the numbers lots of guys get hurt playing against the Texans in particular during the pre-season.

  19. jaredo10 says: Aug 18, 2013 7:04 PM

    eagles can get a nice return for harbor. proven and is the odd man out of a packed TE situation in philly

  20. JMClarkent says: Aug 18, 2013 7:10 PM

    Zach Miller seems like a cut waiting to happen in Seattle. It is worth keeping an eye on if you believe a change of scenery can help the relatively young fella.

  21. igotgamenj says: Aug 18, 2013 7:11 PM

    Jeremy Shockey

  22. spellingcops says: Aug 18, 2013 7:15 PM

    bmoreravens1012013
    Aug 18, 2013, 4:51 PM MDT
    The guy that did it is dirty . I know it was legal ,but it was so unnecessary. Dude went straight for his knees with wreckless abandon, and its a shame he probably ended a man’s career for a preseason hit that wasn’t even necessary. We now have Bernard Pollard’s twin ladies and gentlemen. I was disgusted by his comments, talking about “he wouldv gotten a fine for hitting high”. What a bunch of crock. Just because you can’t go for the head doesn’t mean you can’t go high. Dirty as dirty does. Trust me, this dude will be in a few more unnecessary hits and potential fines and penalties because I can tell his line is blurred when it comes to erring on the side of caution.
    ————
    The most sensible post from a Ravens fan I’ve seen in about 7 months. Thank you for the refreshment.

  23. igotgamenj says: Aug 18, 2013 7:15 PM

    In the next couple of weeks there will be about 50 TE’s cut.

  24. TheWizard says: Aug 18, 2013 7:22 PM

    Aaron Hernandez has some free time

    in about 25 years………..

  25. boyshole25 says: Aug 18, 2013 7:22 PM

    Miller isn’t goin anywhere in Seattle he’s one of the too ten tes in the league smh

  26. silentfreedom5 says: Aug 18, 2013 7:29 PM

    Good luck in recovery Dustin Keller. Knee injuries arent easy to overcome, and an ACL, MCL, PCL tear wont make that any easier. The Vikes have a guy trying to come back from a double patellar tendons tears. Never like to see a player go down like this. Get back on the field soon.

    -A Viking Fan

  27. onbucky96 says: Aug 18, 2013 7:36 PM

    Call Ted Thompson. We have an army of tight ends availible.

  28. jamesbarnes says: Aug 18, 2013 8:03 PM

    Coooooooley

  29. samaugster23 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:18 PM

    This is a perfect way for Detroit to trade Scheffler or Pettigrew away. Lions have plenty of TE depth and need help everywhere else!!!!!!!! Scheffler was only on the field for 3-4 plays against the Browns.

  30. realfootballfan says: Aug 18, 2013 8:31 PM

    So next time you dummies criticize any player for wanting to be paid as much as possible in this sport that generates billions, think about this guy.

    It only takes one freak play, and it’s way to great a possibility in this sport than not to take anything for granted.

  31. jimmysee says: Aug 18, 2013 8:41 PM

    Green Bay is tight-endsville.

    Jermichael Finley for the Fins’ first round pick in 2014.

    It’s a deal in Brooklyn.

    :-)

  32. deshackle says: Aug 18, 2013 8:45 PM

    D.J. Swearinger is a coward. He had every opportunity to square his man up, make a proper tackle and also make a play on the football. Instead, make a play at a defenseless player’s knees.

  33. floridafootballologist says: Aug 18, 2013 8:48 PM

    Why does everyone keep mentioning trade for this guy and trade for that guy. The trade deadline is long gone. Are you saying make an under-the-table deal for the Fins to cut this player while the other team cuts a TE?

    At this point teams can only sign players that are not on a team.

  34. turfczar57 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:50 PM

    Hated to see it happen. Big Jets fan and “hate” the Dolphins, but was pulling for Keller to have a good year. Nice guy and good talent. Hope he can recover and play again.
    Get Well DK.

  35. wannstache says: Aug 18, 2013 8:55 PM

    Well, I guess that’s why Ireland and Philbin wanted Egnew so bad. This is where he’ll step up and be a solid starter…if they knew what they were doing!

  36. annes22 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:29 PM

    That was a horrible tackle on Dustin Keller, and then stand there celebrating. I hate to see that, and I hope he meets his match sometime soon.
    Maybe he has finished Dustin’s career, which is not
    very nice.

  37. htowntexan says: Aug 18, 2013 9:29 PM

    Go talk to peterson’s guy. He’ll have the best season of any TE in the history of football within 9 months. And of course it will be clean . .

  38. rcp29 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:31 PM

    Poor Keller – had a lot of great times with him as a Jets fan, and was looking forward to seeing how he did with a real offense. Huge bummer.

  39. wyldsoul says: Aug 18, 2013 9:32 PM

    The eagles are flush at tight end, dolphins could wait till Brent celek or clay harbor hits the wires

  40. mcjon22 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:36 PM

    The best route would be to look for another solid WR and deploy more 4 WR sets early on. There’s some Quality veteran TE’s on some potentially bad teams that could be available by the trade deadline.

  41. cuda1234 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:40 PM

    I think Jeremy Shockey lives in Miami. And where’s that guy from last year’s Hard Knocks? Wasn’t he a tight end?

  42. FinFan68 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:49 PM

    floridafootballologist says:
    Aug 18, 2013 8:48 PM
    Why does everyone keep mentioning trade for this guy and trade for that guy. The trade deadline is long gone. Are you saying make an under-the-table deal for the Fins to cut this player while the other team cuts a TE?

    At this point teams can only sign players that are not on a team.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Because the trade deadline for THIS year is 4PM EST October 29, 2013. Teams routinely make trades towards the end of camp so they can get a guy they want rather than potentially lose him to a waiver claim. The rest of the guys that get cut (except long-term veterans) have to pass through waivers. If they make it through unclaimed, any team can sign them. Then there are the guys that get poached off another team’s practice squad.

  43. whatsitlikehere says: Aug 18, 2013 11:15 PM

    Vikes should trade John Carlson

  44. ken2016 says: Aug 18, 2013 11:30 PM

    85 needs a job! If people could forgive Cooper and Paula Dean for dropping the “N” bomb, I thank they should forgive 85 for a head bunt to a golddigger! SMH, my silly mouth!

  45. scmems07 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:07 AM

    Word is that Brent celek and Tony moeki were on the trading block, either one of those guys would be a nice fit. offer a 4th or 5th rd and see who bites. I know people are going to say they could be cut but can’t wait that long, need time in preseason to learn the offense and get on point with rt17.

  46. dhillca says: Aug 19, 2013 12:24 AM

    I always like to read comments on tight end stories so I can see who is the first wanker to mention Hernandez.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!