Who knows what Carlson’s market will be like after missing all of the 2011 season with a torn labrum? We do know that Seattle had already replaced him with Zach Miller even before his injury, so he’s likely to be calling a new state his home. He’s a poor blocker, but a strong receiver and would be an upgrade over Bear Pascoe.
Bennett has the highest upside of any free agent tight end. He’s had character concerns, but maybe getting away from Dallas will help clear up his case of the head-case. Besides, Jerry Reese has not totally shied away from players with character concerns in the past. He has better receiving skills than he’s shown, and while he’s still raw, he’s only 25 and may blossom as a pass-catcher after getting out from under Jason Witten’s shadow. He’s already a great blocker, and could flourish as Ballard’s replacement. Or he could continue to be a head-case.
The clearest example of how every receiver who has ever played with Peyton Manning has had their stats benefit exponentially. Tamme is not a special player, but he’s a solid receiver who would benefit from playing with another Manning.
The former Ernie Accorsi draft pick saw his statistics rise as a result of playing with Brett Favre, and fall since Favre retired. During the ’08 and ’09 seasons, he averaged 49 receptions for 581 yards and 9 touchdowns. At age 31, the former Giant will likely never sniff that kind of production again, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a useful cog in the Giants’ passing game.
The man in charge, John Fennelly, doesn't believe Clark is a fit with the Giants. Agree to disagree. If he's healthy, Clark's strong hands would give the Giants their most reliable receiving tight end since Mark Bavaro. He's a poor blocker, and the price must be right, but Clark and Eli Manning could both benefit from playing together.