Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown in the end zone during the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Pettigrew Re-Signs With Lions

It looks like the Chiefs are still going to be in the market for a tight end.

We learned Kansas City has Vance Walker; Akeem Jordan Update” href=”” target=”_blank”>expressed interest in Pettigrew yesterday but apparently the fit wasn’t there as he ended up signing shortly after rumors surfaced of the Chiefs’ interest.

From Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press:

The Lions finalized a deal with Pettigrew around mid-day Thursday, shortly before their No. 2 target at the position, Scott Chandler, re-signed with the Buffalo Bills.

Pettigrew also had interest from the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, among others.

The Chiefs are probably looking for depth as much as anything at the tight end position. Anthony Fasano, Tony Moeaki, and Travis Kelce were out with injuries for much of the season. Kelce and Moeaki  never played a snap. Sean McGrath on his late beard held the fort just fine given the circumstances but the Chiefs are probably going to want to upgrade his spot on the roster.

In terms of other tight ends who are still available, the Chiefs have shown interest in Jermichael Finley. Former Missouri tight end Chase Coffman is a free agent as is Fred Davis.

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  • berttheclock

    Excellent fact finding, Ben, but, when is AA going to cover the various Pro Days where the Chiefs have sent reps? I know they attended the Oklahoma State Pro Day, yesterday, but, only because some writer for one of the online sites said all 32 teams had been there. Now, at Nike, yesterday, there were only 30 of 32 teams, so, the question is did any of the Chiefs’ management attend in Eugene?

  • berttheclock

    Scratch Quarless from the list of possible TE signings. He has just re-upped with the Packers on a two year $3M deal with $1.425 M for 2014. Someone heard him crooning “Got me those re-enlistment blues” (ala “From here to eternity”)

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Sucks, but tight end is a position where we can afford to stand pat if need be. After reported interest in Jermichael Finley and Brandon Pettigrew though, it appears the staff isn’t satisfied with what we have. I think it’s possible we may draft someone or take a look at other FA options.

  • Michael Shaw

    Finley would be the ideal candidate for us in my opinion. However, I doubt we can win the bidding war that is surrounding him right now.

    • berttheclock

      Paul Allen does have a rather large vault.