As for the Patriots, they’re suddenly in the tackle market.
They might make a renewed effort to sign LaAdrian Waddle and move either him or Marcus Cannon to left tackle, but that would be a downgrade at a key position.
After recording a career-best 559 yards on 54 receptions in 2016, the former Iowa star earned a $22 million extension with $10.1 million in guarantees at the end of training camp last summer. He will finish his four-year NFL career with 89 catches for 881 yards and six scores.
Fiedorowicz wasn’t the only Houston tight end beset by head injuries last season. Backup Stephen Anderson missed time with a concussion in September, while No. 2 tight end Ryan Griffin’s season ended in November due to a concussion of his own.
Needless to say, the Texans will be in the market for help at the position this offseason.
The Titans are about to make a mammoth offer to Taylor Lewan, who (like all offensive tackles) owes Nate Solder a thank-you card, but Kline was a useful run-blocking guard for the Titans over the past couple of years.
It’s no surprise that the Tennessee braintrust wanted to keep another ex-Patriots player around, but it didn’t have to break the bank to re-sign Kline.
His four-year, $26 million deal contains $12 million in guarantees, which is midtier starting guard money.
The No. 65 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Fiedorowicz is hanging up his spikes after suffering four concussions — including two that resulted in separate trips to injured reserve last season — from December of 2016 to December of 2017.
Here are their numbers with and without Lee in the lineup: Split Yds/Carry Run First Down% Pass Rating Opposing QBR Lee on field 3.5 22.9% 86.6 48.2 Lee off field 4.9 25.0% 106.8 65.3 Seems pretty straightforward.
The Cowboys were a disaster with their best defensive player on the sidelines.