2016 NFL free agency: Jermaine Gresham to take less money to return to Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has said he wanted the team to re-sign all of the players who became free agents. They have re-signed two of them. After bringing back backup quarterback Drew Stanton, the team is reportedly re-signing tight end Jermaine Gresham, who joined the Cardinals on a one-year contract last season at the start of training camp.

According to Ian Rapoport, Gresham is going to re-sign with Arizona and is taking less money to do so. He had reportedly visited a couple of teams — the Bears and the Jets — is apparently choosing to stay where he has a chance to win, even though he might not have big statistical numbers.

He had only 18 catches and one touchdown last season. In his previous five seasons in the league, he averaged 56 receptions and nearly five scores while a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, Gresham is coming back on a one-year contract, having turned down a four-year deal. Perhaps he is expecting to have a big year this season, betting on himself to get a bigger deal next offseason than the one he turned down. Or perhaps he simply preferred the Cardinals organization and role on the team.

Gresham’s return probably wraps up what the Cardinals will do with the tight end position aside from rookies. They will have everyone at the position from last season return — Gresham, Darren Fells, Troy Niklas, Gerald Christian and Ifeanyi Momah (the latter two spent all year on injured reserve). Presumably, avoiding injury to any of them, Gresham, Fells and Niklas are more or less locks, while Christian and Momah will battle for the final roster spot.

 

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