Gary Barnidge
Gary Barnidge
34-Year-Old Tight EndTE
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$Released by the Browns in April of 2017.
Looking to play in 2018
TEFree Agent
February 22, 2018
Barnidge, who sat out the 2017 season after being unsatisfied with the contract offers he received from teams, said Thursday that he hasn't retired from the NFL and intends to play in 2018, Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports.
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Barnidge was one of the NFL's more productive tight ends during 2015 and 2016, racking up 134 catches for 1,655 yards and 11 touchdowns in 32 games with the Browns despite suspect quarterback play. After being released by the Browns following the 2017 NFL Draft, Barnidge said he drew interest from plenty of suitors, but his status as a 32-year-old tight end without much track record of success prior to 2015 resulted in what he felt were subpar offers. Though he said he's stayed in shape and feels well rested after sitting out 2017, Barnidge seems unlikely to field more favorable offers this offseason now that he's a year older, so he may have to adjust his contract demands if he's serious about continuing his career.
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After catching 79 passes for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns in a scintillating campaign for the Browns in 2015, Barnidge came crashing back down to Earth in 2016, catching just 55 passes for 612 yards and two scores across a complete 16-game slate. Quarterback troubles could be to blame for the downturn in production, but Barnidge was dealt a very similar hand the year before and was able to produce at a much more efficient clip. The Browns ultimately elected to upgrade the tight end position in the form of first-round selection David Njoku this offseason and subsequently cut ties with Barnidge shortly after, so the veteran finds himself in search of a job at press time. While he could be a good real-life fit for many teams across the league, Barnidge would likely only be relevant in fantasy leagues if he lands with a team in need of a primary receiving threat at tight end, namely the Bills or Jaguars.
Barnidge is the poster boy for not paying up for a tight end on draft day. A career backup, Barnidge got a starting shot when Jordan Cameron left for Miami last year. Talk about making the most of it, he ranked top-4 in every major receiving category among TEs, all the more impressive considering the Browns' lousy QB play. With Travis Benjamin stretching the field and drawing defensive attention, Barnidge was free to use his size and strength in single coverage over the middle to body out defenders. He caught just 63.2 percent of his targets (23rd), but that was due in part to the Browns' 23rd-ranked QB accuracy. That also made his weekly yardage inconsistent, though he posted three 100-yard games and made up for it with TDs in eight games. At 6-6, 250, he led TE with 24 red-zone targets and had 13 inside the 10, turning those into five scores. One reason he got so many targets was the Browns' lack of options; Barnidge and Benjamin accounted for 41.5 percent of the team's targets. Benjamin left, replaced only by first-round draft pick Corey Coleman. There's also hope Josh Gordon is reinstated. Even if that means fewer targets for Barnidge it could be a good thing because he needs someone to take the heat off him. Barnidge underwent hernia surgery in June but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Barnidge is a career backup tight end, and even without Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron returning for the 2015 season, the 30-year-old still projects to have a similar role. Cameron missed seven total games in 2014 due to various ailments, but Barnidge still only managed 13 receptions on 25 targets all year (both career-bests), while failing to find the end zone. He did miss three games of his own while tending to a ribs injury, however. Barnidge was targeted just once in the red zone a season ago, and there’s little reason to expect a drastic turnaround in the upcoming year.
Barnidge will compete for targets at the tight end position in 2014, but currently finds himself behind Jordan Cameron and Jim Dray on the depth chart. The 28-year-old saw 18 targets with the Browns in 2013, and will likely see a similar role this year.
Barnidge was signed to add depth to the tight end group behind Jordan Cameron and Kellen Davis.
Expected to backup Greg Olsen at tight end, although Barnidge is more of a blocker than a pass catcher.
Would have been used mostly for blocking help along the offensive line, thanks to Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey ahead of him, but he will miss a majority (if not all) the season with a fractured ankle.
Barnidge had 12 receptions for 242 yards last season and sits behind Dante Rosario and Jeff King in the depth chart.
Barnidge appeared in 15 games, but did not record a catch for the Panthers during his rookie season. He'll remain the No. 3 option at tight end behind starter Jeff King and No. 2 man Dante Rosario for now.
Barnidge is in the mix to compete with 2007 draft pick Dante Rosario for the Panthers' backup tight end spot behind Jeff King. Barring an injury, his opportunities as a pass-catcher will be very limited.
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Will work out for Houston
TEFree Agent
September 14, 2017
Barnidge will meet with the Texans this week for a workout, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Workout scheduled with Jags
TEFree Agent
July 19, 2017
Barnidge will work out with the Jaguars on Tuesday, July 25, Mike Kaye of First Coast News reports.
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Lining up more visits
TEFree Agent
May 4, 2017
Barnidge may visit the Jaguars and Panthers after meeting with the Bills on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Visiting with Buffalo
TEFree Agent
May 3, 2017
Barnidge is visiting with the Bills on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Odd man out following Browns' addition of Njoku
TECleveland Browns
April 28, 2017
After selecting fellow tight end David Njoku, the Browns have elected to cut Barnidge, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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