Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 6 Months

Brandon Pettigrew said he thinks he'll see more targets in the Lions' new offensive scheme.

Pettigrew is coming off a year that saw him post four-year lows in catches (41), yards (416) and targets (64) while blocking on 26.6 percent of pass plays. He's been told that Jim Caldwell and Joe Lombardi want a more even distribution of targets going forward. That may be true, but the problem here will always be Pettigrew's lumbering, catch-and-fall habits. He's averaged just 9.95 yards per reception and scored 16 touchdowns in his five-year career.

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Lions re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million contract.

The deal includes $8 million guaranteed. Pettigrew, 29, was our No. 2 tight end left on the market, behind Jermichael Finley. He had been drawing significant interest from the Jets, and to a lesser extent the Raiders and Chiefs. Pettigrew isn't a playmaker at the tight end position but is a decent red-zone option and a try-hard blocker. He's merely a low-upside TE2 fantasy-wise.

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According to the New York Daily News, the Jets will sign TE Brandon Pettigrew shortly.

It's an upgrade on Zach Sudfeld and Jeff Cumberland, but it's far from a difference-making acquisition. Pettigrew is a plodding, catch-and-fall guy in the passing game that has averaged 9.95 yards per reception in his five-year career. He's also been a liability when blocking in the run game. Pettigrew will barely be on the TE2 radar with Geno Smith and the Jets.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 6 Months

The Jets have been "in communication" with free agent Brandon Pettigrew.

Pettigrew would team with Zach Sudfeld and Jeff Cumberland to give the Jets a mediocre tight end trio. His market has been scant to this point, although the NY Daily News reports the Raiders and Lions have shown some interest.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 6 Months

NFL Network's Mike Silver names the Giants, Jets, Texans, Raiders, and Lions as possible landing spots for free agent Brandon Pettigrew.

Early-offseason chatter had the Lions potentially franchise tagging Pettigrew, the idea of which now looks foolish. He's been connected to a bevvy of teams but almost certainly getting the financial offers he's seeking. Pettigrew is 29 years old with shaky hands and no dynamic elements to his receiving game.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 7 Months

The Giants reportedly have some interest in free agent TE Brandon Pettigrew.

The Giants are going to kick the tires on just about every available tight end as they search for an upgrade on Brandon Myers. Pettigrew doesn't bring the pass-catching upside Jermichael Finley does, but he doesn't come with the health concerns either. Pettigrew is also a plus in-line blocker.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 7 Months

The New York Daily News reports the Jets have had internal discussions about free agents Brandon Pettigrew, Ed Dickson, and Scott Chandler.

Despite re-signing Jeff Cumberland to a three-year deal, the Jets are looking to add as many as weapons as possible for Geno Smith this offseason. New York is also expected to add at least one receiver in free agency.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 7 Months

The Detroit Free Press reports "odds are" the Lions and free agent Brandon Pettigrew won't agree to a new deal before the weekend.

Once the clock strikes midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning, all 32 teams will be able to negotiate with Pettigrew and every other free agent. The Lions hold exclusive negotiating rights until then and would like to get a long-term deal done with Pettigrew, but it doesn't look promising for GM Martin Mayhew. Pettigrew is said to be seeking over $6 million annually. That'd be a severe overpay.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 7 Months

The Oakland Press suggests the Lions could offer Brandon Pettigrew a deal similar to Dennis Pitta's five-year, $32 million contract.

The Lions are interested in bringing back Pettigrew, but it's debatable whether he's worth $6.4 million annually. Pettigrew saw a diminished role last season, losing snaps to Joseph Fauria in red-zone situations and missing two games to injury. A capable in-line blocker and pass catcher, Pettigrew is one of the better all-around tight ends. He turned 29 earlier this offseason.

Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 7 Months

GM Martin Meyhew said the Lions "definitely" are interested in resigning free agent Brandon Pettigrew.

"We had our free agent meeting and the coaches liked him, liked what he can do," said Meyhew. "He's an all-around guy." HC Jim Caldwell was far less certain of Pettigrew's future earlier in the week, but perhaps he was just playing coy. Pettigrew is our No. 4 free agent tight end.