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Chiefs set to sign TE Gavin Escobar

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Receiving tight end Gavin Escobar never truly caught on during four seasons in Dallas.

He found a fresh start on Friday.

The former Cowboys second-round pick will sign a one-year deal with the Chiefs, Adam Caplan of ESPN reported. Escobar caught fewer than 10 passes in each of his years with Dallas, the initial thought he might develop into Jason Witten’s successor never materializing.

Escobar, 26, has 30 career receptions for 333 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Chiefs had known interest in the 6-foot-6 target, hosting him Friday for a visit. Tight end Travis Kelce, coming off shoulder surgery, is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. His spring limitation, though, should provide Escobar extra reps to develop timing with quarterback Alex Smith.

Dallas drafted Escobar with the No. 48 overall pick.

Vance McDonald, Kelce and Jordan Reed were the next three tight ends off the board.

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22 Responses to “Chiefs set to sign TE Gavin Escobar”
  1. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 31, 2017 5:19 PM

    I want to troll Jerry’s GM skills here with Escobar but at the same time, Dallas never utilized 2 TE sets well. Just look at Martellus Bennett, Witten’s backups just seem to usually never get any playing time. Andy Reid utilizes TEs well so maybe he can carve a roll out for Escobar however he’ll be behind a better TE in Kelce (better present day not career wise, obviously). I’d trust Andy Reid with an offense over Garrett/Linehan.

  2. eazeback says: Mar 31, 2017 5:39 PM

    as a cowboys fan allow me to say good riddance to bad rubbish! it was a waste of a pick when we took him, he younger than witten by about 10yrs yet they run the same 40 time

  3. kcflake says: Mar 31, 2017 5:45 PM

    I like the signing. We can have True 2 tight end sets now, like New England. I think Kelce will obviously still be the lead Dog, but having a good backup that can actually catch will be Great. Our backup tight ends have not been the greatest.

  4. babygaga19 says: Mar 31, 2017 5:48 PM

    Who? Andy, what time is it?

  5. xavier179 says: Mar 31, 2017 5:50 PM

    I totally agree with eazeback, total waste of a number 2 pick. We had some success with him, but it was limited.

  6. trollaikman8 says: Mar 31, 2017 5:50 PM

    They said when Dallas called him during the draft they couldn’t get a hold of him nor his agent. Even he didn’t expect to be picked until the 4th rd.

  7. web276 says: Mar 31, 2017 6:00 PM

    Attention all NFL teams, if you need a tight end, Dallas will draft one for you

  8. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 31, 2017 6:03 PM

    If he is willing to run 3 yard routes he can succeed
    That’s the majority of Alex smiths passes

  9. longtimefanh8tr says: Mar 31, 2017 6:22 PM

    Pablo has more upside.

  10. trebla72 says: Mar 31, 2017 6:29 PM

    edelmanfanclub says:
    Mar 31, 2017 5:19 PM
    I want to troll Jerry’s GM skills here with Escobar but at the same time, Dallas never utilized 2 TE sets well. Just look at Martellus Bennett, Witten’s backups just seem to usually never get any playing time. Andy Reid utilizes TEs well so maybe he can carve a roll out for Escobar however he’ll be behind a better TE in Kelce (better present day not career wise, obviously). I’d trust Andy Reid with an offense over Garrett/Linehan.
    ——————-

    I will defend Dallas when it comes to Bennett. He was EXTREMELY immature during his time in Dallas. He seemed more interested in making rap videos than learning the playbook. Early on he constantly messed up his assignments. He got better at blocking as time went by but he never earned Romo’s trust because he often ran the wrong routes

    You also have to ask yourself why he’s been on so many teams. Dallas didn’t re-sign him. The Giants had him for 1 year and didn’t re-sign him. He had some great seasons in Chicago but they traded him when they got the chance.

  11. stucats says: Mar 31, 2017 6:37 PM

    woof woof woof!

    what a dog Escobar was, i bet you Pablo Escobar would have done better than Gavin.

  12. blogatron2000 says: Mar 31, 2017 6:42 PM

    So there is evidently a club or something for trolls who feel it necessary to bag on Alex Smith on every Chiefs thread. Wonder what the qualifications are. Do you guys have like an official handshake? Did you have to take a blood oath? Do you have to have an IQ in single digits?

  13. getout1 says: Mar 31, 2017 6:44 PM

    I’d trust Andy Reid with an offense over Garrett/Linehan.

    ———————-
    right because that Offense Dallas had last year was horrible (ranked #5 w/ rookie QB) and Andy’s was fantastic (ranked 27th w/8 year stater).

  14. blogatron2000 says: Mar 31, 2017 6:49 PM

    Sounds like the Chiefs may be betting that Harris is going to be suspended for the possession charge. Either that, or this guy is a camp body due to Kelce’s offseason surgury.

  15. bchap17 says: Mar 31, 2017 7:26 PM

    I was really big on Escobar coming out of the draft.

    At 26, he still has plenty of time to realize his potential. Reid and KC seem like a good fit.

  16. 2ruefan says: Mar 31, 2017 7:59 PM

    Pftp0et..
    I sign my name “P0et”
    Cuz I think people won’t know it
    That the zero in my name
    And an “o” aren’t the same
    My posts on Vikes are really sleaz-ed
    Cuz in truth I’m just a Cheese Head
    Nothing better to do
    Than drink beer and sling poo

  17. jerrysglassescleaner says: Mar 31, 2017 9:05 PM

    Swaim came in and that was it for Gavin.

  18. omeimontis says: Mar 31, 2017 9:37 PM

    Alex Smith loves to throw to the TE. Vernon Davis was his number 1 target in Frisco. Adding depth to the TE position is important for him.

  19. gorilladunk says: Apr 1, 2017 8:06 AM

    Escobar was a good soldier that was totally misused by the Cowboys. They rarely used his ability to get down the field and they knew he wasn’t much of a blocker when they drafted him. Hope he performs well (and is utilized) by the Chiefs.

  20. 1bigtex says: Apr 1, 2017 11:17 AM

    The next guy that Gavin blocks will be the first guy that he has ever blocked.

  21. jbaxt says: Apr 1, 2017 4:39 PM

    Chiefs are looking for a 2-3 TE after Harris got busted.

  22. bluestarcowboy says: Apr 3, 2017 10:46 AM

    “Escobar was a good soldier that was totally misused by the Cowboys. They rarely used his ability to get down the field and they knew he wasn’t much of a blocker when they drafted him. ”

    Oh lord … this guy had numerous chances to do something when he was on the field and spit the bit repeatedly.

    “…but having a good backup that can actually catch will be Great. ”

    That’s we thought we were getting in Dallas too. You may want to temper your expectations.

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