The Atlanta Falcons are looking at a depth tight end today, as FOX Sports’s Mike Garafolo reports that former New York Giants TE Bear Pascoe is working out for the Falcons on a free-agent visit today. Pascoe caught just 12 passes for 81 yards last season, matching the career-high for receptions that he set in 2011. He has just one career receiving touchdowns, and there’s no doubt that Pascoe is a blocking tight end who likely slots in as a TE3 for most teams. It will be interesting to see if the Falcons look for Tony Gonzalez’s replacement, but all Pascoe presents is a depth option.
Although the Giants were once expected to keep Pascoe around, they haven’t shown a lick of interest in bringing back the 28-year-old Fresno State product, who spent the first five seasons of his career on the Giants roster as a reliable blocking specialist deep on the team’s depth chart. He also has a pretty cool name and seems like an awesome person, so maybe those will help his case.
Pascoe will likely latch on somewhere, but I don’t expect any deals to be done until after the draft. Teams that still think they could use some more depth at TE will likely call up Pascoe as a cheap, expendable veteran option who can provide some quality blocking in a pinch. If the Falcons don’t want to add a tight end in the draft, then Pascoe seems to make plenty of sense on paper.