James Casey making the rounds
Less than a week ago the Eagles cut ties with James Casey in a move that saved them in excess of $4 million in cap space and since then the former Texan has been busy meeting with a host of teams who could sign him before free agency opens on March 10th. Visits or meetings with at least four teams in under a week indicates that, in spite of playing only 341 offensive snaps in two seasons in Philadelphia, teams around the league have not forgotten his versatility or his ability.
Equally capable of lining up in line, in the backfield or in the slot Casey played a career-high 668 snaps with the Texans in 2012 catching 38 passes for 379 yards and breaking seven tackles — a mark bettered by only seven tight ends that season. That 2012 season offers the clearest illustration of Casey’s versatility, logging 62% of his playing time in the backfield but also turning in a combined 200 snaps as a tight end (121) and slot receiver (83).
Teams are always looking to add players who can save roster spots at the tail end of their 53-man squad and Casey certainly offers that with strong special teams play thrown in for good measure. Though the acquisition of Zach Ertz quickly left Casey somewhat surplus to requirements on offense, he still contributed on special teams, leading the Eagles with 24 special teams tackles during his two years in Philadelphia and grading positively in that regard in both seasons. Bringing versatility to two phases of the game should help ensure that Casey isn’t immediately crowded out at his next team.