Arizona Cardinal tight end Rob Housler might not be a part of the bird gang anymore. With the signings of Jake Ballard, John Carlson and the second-round pick of Troy Niklas, there are too many players at the position. There also isn’t enough passing offense to go around and someone has to be the odd man out.
In a Chris Wesseling piece on NFL.com, he listed Housler as a top summertime trade target. Wesseling wrote:
A speedy pass-catching specialist, Housler is underutilized inBruce Arians‘ offense, which favors blocking specialists at tight end. As a contract year player who has not met expectations in Arizona, Housler should be available for the right price. New Giants coordinator Ben McAdoo is believed to be seeking a tight end with Housler’s skill set.
He lists the Giants, Patriots, Bills, Falcons and Chiefs as potential landing spots. This is a little puzzling given how little Housler has been used in Arizona. He recorded 96 catches for 1,004 yards and one touchdown in his first three years in the league.
Let’s take a look at those landing spots and see which might fit the best.
The Giants could use someone to help Eli Manning seeing how ineffective Brandon Myers was at the position last season. Then again, Manning threw a career-worst 27 interceptions which doesn’t help his cause.
New England could potentially use him as a second tight end opposite Rob Gronkowski. The situation there is a little fluid with Gronk coming back off of an ACL tear. Hopefully, no other second tight ends in New England get charged with murder.
Buffalo could always use help at that position for EJ Manuel. Scott Chandler led the team with 655 receiving yards last season. He added two touchdowns and no player currently on the Buffalo roster caught more than three scores last season.
Atlanta has a hole to fill after Tony Gonzalez retired from the game. Levine Toilolo will be pressed into service and Housler’s addition could result in a tight-end-by-committee situation in Atlanta. Perhaps he might benefit from being on a team with two star receivers and find space underneath.
Kansas City is an interesting option since Sean McGrath led the team with 302 receiving yards last season. No tight end for the Chiefs scored more than three touchdowns last season so Housler could be viewed as an upgrade there but not a major one.
Regardless of where he goes, this move gets an A in our book. Housler had issues at times with dropped passes last season. He never seemed to fit in the offense and would be better served moving on. With the low returns Arizona had on him, there’s a good chance that getting a draft pick (likely round four or later) would have better value in the long run.