Originally Posted by southside
This is because he never was one, even with Brett.
He is a one dimensional, pretty good receiving tight end. A big weapon is a Jason Witten, a Vernon Davis or a Rob Gronkowski. Guys who get you over 1000 yards from the TE spot and who are punishing blockers aswell. We have to get away from the one dimensional players, on both sides of the ball actually. We don't need defensive players who are either good against the run or the pass, we can't have RBs who can't catch or pass protect, we can't have tight ends who can only catch. Plain and simple, that stuff is killing your team and the options you have on the field and it is giving the other team a major advantage in terms of strategy, scheme and formations.
Since he is a free agent, he will either come back on a cheap, short deal to prove himself (he was injured and mediocre in his contract year) or he leaves for some team that overpays for him.