Lions continue to mine the TE market, are discussing a possible visit with Bills TE Scott Chandler
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2014
CBS’ Jason LaCanfora is reporting that the Detroit Lions are keeping a close eye on the tight end free agent market and are discussing bringing in Buffalo Bills unsigned tight Scott Chandler for a visit.
Bills general manager Doug Whaley made it public Tuesday afternoon that the team would like to have Chandler back, telling WGR that the team made “an aggressive offer” to Chandler as well as Dan Carpenter, who did re-sign with Buffalo shortly after free agency began at 4:00pm.
The Lions could be in the market for a tight end since incumbent Brandon Pettigrew is a free agent intent on testing the waters. Interestingly enough the Lions had dealings with another former Bills tight end, failing to tenure Dorin Dickerson and thus allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.
Chandler led the Bills last season 53 catches for 655 yards and two touchdowns. While his statistics are noteworthy and his effort never an issue, those numbers should never lead a team in receptions and yards and are perfectly indicative of how feeble Buffalo’s offense performed in 2013.
The Bills did re-sign tight end Mike Caussin shortly before free agency began, giving them four on the roster along with Chris Gragg, Lee Smith and Tony Moeaki.
The feeling here is the Bills gave Chandler an offer they feel comfortable with and if Chandler doesn’t accept, are prepared to move on without him. If Chandler signs with Detroit or somewhere else, a tight end to keep an eye on could be Owen Daniels, who was released from Houston this morning.