The Baltimore Ravens bring in yet another veteran offensive skill position player as according to NFL insider Adam Caplan, the Ravens worked out veteran tight end Charles Clay.
Clay, now 32-years old, did not play during the 2020 season. In 2019 with the Cardinals, Clay caught just 18 passes for 237 receiving yards and one touchdown reception.
Drafted with the No. 174 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Clay spent his first four seasons with the Miami Dolphins. In 2015, Clay was still a restricted free agent with the Dolphins but the Buffalo Bills were so desperate for tight end help they gave Clay an offer sheet of five-years, $38 million. The Dolphins declined to match said offer sheet and as a result, Clay become both wealthy and a Bill.
For perspective, Charles Clay will join Julius Thomas and Jimmy Graham as the only TEs in the NFL getting more than $20M in GTD money.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) March 17, 2015
After four years in Buffalo, and racking up 178 receptions for 1,822 yards and nine touchdowns, Clay was released by the Bills in the final year of his contract.
Clay’s best seasons came during his tenure with the Dolphins. His career-high for receiving yards in a season came in 2013 when he caught 69 passes for 759 yards and six touchdowns. During the nine seasons that Clay has played, he has amassed 3,868 receiving yards and 24 receiving touchdowns on 357 receptions, with a career catch percentage of 65.9%.
The Ravens currently have multiple tight ends fighting to make the roster behind Pro-Bowler Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle. Rookie Ben Mason, a fifth-round pick, played fullback at Michigan but will likely line up all over the offense for Baltimore, including at tight end. The Ravens also traded a conditional 2022 seventh-round pick to the Jaguars in exchange for former third-round pick Josh Oliver. Oliver has struggled to stay healthy during his young career, but he possesses all the desired traits of an athletic pass-catching tight end. Rounding out the list are Jake Breeland, Tony Poljan, Eric Tomlinson, and Eli Wolf. Breeland and Wolf both enter their second years in the NFL after signing as undrafted free agents with the Ravens in 2020 while Poljan signed as an undrafted rookie this year. Tomlinson played in six games for Baltimore last season.