Free agent and former Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore is moving to offensive line, according to a report from Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.
Interesting news on one of the Ravens pending FAs: Crockett Gillmore is making the transition to a new position. Previously a tight end, Gillmore is moving to the offensive line. He's been training w/former NFL player LeCharles Bentley who runs a highly-respected OL Academy.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 21, 2018
Gillmore, 26, has struggled with a litany of injuries during his four-year career, especially in the last two seasons. In 2016, Gillmore dealt wit a thigh injury, playing in just seven games. Last season, Gillmore missed the entire year with an MCL injury, which required surgery.
During his four years with the Ravens, Gillmore has played in 32 games, starting in 16 games at tight end. Gillmore caught 51 catches for 604 yards and six touchdowns.
Zrebiec also reports that Gillmore has added a great deal of bulk to his frame. Gillmore had been previously listed at 6’6, 260 pounds.
Gillmore has long talked about wanting to play the offensive line. He caught 51 balls over his first three NFL seasons, but injuries limited him to just 17 games over past three years. He's healthy again and he's added considerable bulk to make the transition.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 21, 2018
It is unknown whether or not Baltimore would bring Gillmore back as an offensive lineman, but it would certainly help to have depth at those positions. Baltimore saw two starters go down on the offensive line last season in Alex Lewis and Marshal Yanda.
It's unclear how this will impact a potential return to the Ravens in free agency for Gillmore. But they figure to be intrigued. Gillmore was a very good blocker as tight end. Has the mindset and physicality to make transition and it's not unprecedented either.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 21, 2018
Baltimore will most likely attempt to draft another tight end in the 2018 NFL Draft.
According to Crockett’s new agent, Gillmore is now up to 305 lbs.
Per his new agent, he's up to 305. I haven't seen him since July so I can't vouch for that.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 21, 2018