The New York Giants are looking into options at the tight end position in free agency after Brandon Myers was released earlier this offseason. Myers was a bust free agent signing at the position last season, and he had a poor year by all accounts. Not only did he struggle as a blocker, but he ran poor routes and was anything but a legitimate safety valve for Eli Manning last season. He was an easy cut for the Giants, but the hard part is finding the best starter out of a mostly “meh” pool of free agent TEs.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants are showing interest in Baltimore Ravens backup tight end Ed Dickson, and they have also shown interest in Brandon Pettigrew and Green Bay Packers intriguing TE Andrew Quarless, who has apparent ties to Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
Pettigrew is the best of three, but he’s also the most expensive option. Quarless has the most perceived upside of the three, but he also has the most risk. Dickson is the most bland option, and there’s a reason why the Ravens are allowing the 26-year-old Oregon product to walk, and it goes beyond their desire to re-sign other players first; Dickson just isn’t very good. He’s a nice No. 2 TE due to his blocking, but he has never developed into an adequate pass-catching tight end. At this point in time, the Giants are best off looking at Pettigrew or Quarless instead.