Redskins Re-sign Niles Paul
The Washington Redskins have re-signed backup tight end Niles Paul to a three-year deal worth up to $10 million, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Paul received the biggest workload of his career in 2014, hauling in 39 receptions for 507 yards and one touchdown on 52 targets. Those numbers were good enough to rank 22nd in both standard and PPR fantasy leagues.
Of course, most of Paul’s work came when Jordan Reed was out due to injury. The former Nebraska Cornhusker saw just 5 percent of the Redskins’ targets while Reed was healthy, compared to 15 percent when he was out.
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Don’t expect much from Paul in 2015 if Reed is 100 percent. Paul remains a situational receiving tight end with major run blocking issues (-12.0 grade for the season, the sixth worst among all tight ends) and Logan Paulsen will still be around to handle blocking and the occasional target.
Paul only belongs on rosters in very deep leagues, and even with an injury to Reed, he won’t get you anything more than TE2 production. Prior to 2014, Paul’s season-high for targets was 15, and No. 1 tight ends have really been fantasy starts under head coach Jay Gruden. In Gruden’s four years in the NFL, his top tight ends have averaged just 54 receptions for 564 yards and under four touchdowns per season.
Charles Clay, Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron headline the tight end free agent class and will have additional leverage with Paul now out of the mix.