Odds revealed on top free agent TE destinations

Jimmy Graham leads the crop of expected free-agent tight ends available, but Trey Burton, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Tyler Eifert will generate interest. SportsLine's oddsmakers break down where the top available TEs may end up.
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When it comes to tight ends, the 2018 free agent pool is pretty shallow.

Jimmy Graham is the headliner, but at age 31 and among the league-leader in drops he's no sure thing. After Graham, the questions marks get even bigger. 

SportsLine's oddmakers have set the line on four of the more-intriguing free agent tight ends on the market for 2018:


Baltimore Ravens 3/1
Green Bay Packers 4/1
Seattle Seahawks 5/1
San Francisco 49ers 8/1
Chicago Bears 8/1
The Field 6/1

Graham is the TE headliner in the free agent pool. In 2017 he made 57 receptions (on 95 targets) for 520 yards and 10 TDs. He was a dynamo in the red zone, becoming Russell Wilson's top target near the goal line for the Seahawks. 

Graham was one of four TEs earning $9 million or more. He'll be 31 to start next season and finished No. 2 in the NFL in drops, and it sounds like Seattle is leaning toward using its cap space elsewhere. There will be no shortage of teams that consider Graham's upside worth the price.

PICK: Few QB look to their tight ends more than Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Ben Watson caught 61 receptions on 79 targets, but is 37 and a free agent who may just retire. Look for Baltimore to commit to the position and sign the No. 1 TE on the market. 



Baltimore Ravens 3/1
Seattle Seahawks 3/1
Chicago Bears 7/1
Minnesota Vikings 10/1
Indianapolis Colts 10/1
New England Patriots 10/1
Philadelphia Eagles 15/1
Washington Redskins 20/1
The Field 5/1

Burton made the most of his limited chances behind Zach Ertz on the Eagles' depth chart, with 23 catches for 248 yards and five TDs, and even tossed a TD in the Super Bowl. At 26, Burton has an opportunity to cash in on his potential and earn a starting role. 

PICK: The Bears need offensive help, and giving Mitchell Trubisky a reliable target at TE is a big first step. Look for Chicago to make a splash and lock up Burton.



New York Jets 2/1
Seattle Seahawks 3/1
Indianapolis Colts 8/1
The Field 6/1

Seferian-Jenkins, 25, posted 50 catches for 357 yards and three TDs, doubling his reception total from a year ago. He was inconsistent, managing just 11 receptions in the Jets' last five games. Substance abuse issues clouded his last two seasons, but he declared a full year of sobriety in January.  

PICK: The Jets have already opened contract talks. The Seahawks are also in the market for a new TE, and Seferian-Jenkins is from the Seattle area. If the Jets can't get it done early, look for the Seahawks to make a play and get the TE to return home.


Atlanta Falcons 8/1
Green Bay Packers 8/1
Cincinnati Bengals 10/1
Chicago Bears 12/1
New England Patriots 15/1
Dallas Cowboys 15/1
The Field 2/1

When Eifert plays, he's solid. In 2015 he caught 52 passes for 615 yards and 13 TDs for the Bengals. But the last two years he's played in only 10 games, catching 33 balls with two back surgeries. The Bengals are likely to move on, but some team will take a flyer on the 27-year-old on a short contract.  

PICK: There are a dozen-plus teams that may look to Eifert as a one-year, medium-risk, high-reward stopgap. The Packers' production at TE was a huge disappointment, and they'll be looking to upgrade as Aaron Rodgers returns. Go with Eifert going to Green Bay. 

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Adam ThompsonStaff Analyst