Much like the wide receiver class, the free-agent tight ends are nothing spectacular but can still give you a solid option in the offense. Some of them are good receivers while some are known more as blocking tight ends.

Regardless, here is the list of the 10 best free-agent tight ends.

10. Dwayne Allen

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  • 2018 team: New England Patriots
  • 2018 season stats: 27 yards, 13 games (eight starts)

Dwayne Allen had a few solid years with the Indianapolis Colts but his production dropped once he joined the Patriots. With Rob Gronkowski as the starter, Allen was used as more of a blocking tight end.

Given his past production with the Colts and showing that he is a reliable blocker, he should get some interest in free agency.

9. Tyler Kroft

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  • 2018 team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2018 season stats: 36 yards, five games (two starts)

Tyler Kroft had a productive 2017 but an injury in Week 5 derailed his momentum for the 2018 season. At 26, he still has a lot of years left and could be a solid option to add to any team’s tight end situation.

8. Tyler Eifert

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  • 2018 team: Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2018 season stats: 179 yards, 1TD, four games (two starts)

If not for injuries, Tyler Eifert would be #1 on this list and might not even hit free agency. He has the talent but has had a lot of durability issues. Look for him to find a fresh start with a new team.

7. Jeff Heuerman

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  • 2018 team: Denver Broncos
  • 2018 season stats: 281 yards, 2 TDs, 11 games (10 starts)

Jeff Heuerman was the starting tight end for the Broncos but did not have the numbers to match it. An injury late in the season caused him to miss some time.

6. Luke Stocker

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  • 2018 team: Tennesse Titans
  • 2018 season stats: 165 yards, 2 TDs, 16 games (11 starts)

Luke Stocker has never really known as a pass-catching tight end. He is more known to be a great blocker and could help teams that need an extra boost in that department.

5. James O’Shaughnessy

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  • 2018 team: Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 2018 season stats: 214 yards, 14 games (nine starts)

Much like Stocker, James O’Shaughnessy is known more for his blocking ability. In a thin class of tight ends, he will generate interest, much like the other blocking tight ends on this list.

4. Jesse James

  • 2018 team: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 2018 season stats: 423 yards, 2 TDs, 16 games (seven starts)

Jesse James was a reliable receiving option for Pittsburgh as well as a great blocker. He’ll be 25 when the 2019 season rolls around so there is still a lot of potential in the former Nittany Lion.

3. Nick Boyle

  • 2018 team: Baltimore Ravens
  • 2018 season stats: 213 yards, 16 games (13 starts)

The Ravens had a ton of tight end talent in 2018 and Nick Boyle was the starter for the majority of the season. He was known for his blocking ability and with the rise of Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst for the Ravens, Boyle will likely join a new team in 2019.

2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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  • 2018 team: Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 2018 season stats: 90 yards, 1 TD, five games (five starts)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has had an up and down career so far. The former second-round pick was not productive during his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but had a great 2017 with the New York Jets. An early-season injury in Jacksonville and not having a connection with Blake Bortles hurt his 2018 campaign.

Seferian-Jenkins has the talent and could have a lot of interest in a very thin tight end class.

1. Jared Cook

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  • 2018 team: Oakland Raiders
  • 2018 season stats: 896 yards, 6 TDs, 16 games (14 starts)

It took Cook a while but 2018 was the year in which he finally showed us what he was all about. He has had stints with multiple teams (Titans, Rams, Packers) but his run with the Raiders was the best in his career.

The problem here is at 32 years, he might not be able to land that long-term, high money deal. Still, with the production he showed, teams will definitely reach out.

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