The Philadelphia Eagles signed former Houston Texans TE James Casey during Chip Kelly's first season in the NFL two years ago. They gave Casey(6'3", 240 lbs, 30 years old) a surprisingly big contract, 3 years, $14.6 million after Casey had his best season with 330 yards receiving and 3 TDs. Casey never had a prominent role in the Eagles offense, but is considered one of their best special teams players. In his two years in Philadelphia, Casey had 90 yards receiving and 2 TDs on offense. He was released last week to save the Eagles $4 million in cap space.
Casey was released early enough that he can visit multiple teams to try to generate interest, and he has lined up numerous visits. According to Adam Caplan, the Redskins have been added to that list. The Redskins have 3 TEs currently, with Niles Paul set to test free agency in less than two weeks. Jordan Reed is a good, versatile player when healthy, but offers little in blocking and special teams. Logan Paulsen has one year left on his deal, and has struggled on the field. He could be a cap casualty this year if the Redskins find a cheaper replacement. Is Casey being looked at as a cheap replacement for Niles Paul, and how cheap will he be.
Casey has a lot of interest right now, and as long as his price is low, he could have his choice of several teams to sign with. The Redskins usually don't win those types of free agents unless they overpay, so I wouldn't expect Casey to sign here. But the Redskins could value his special teams ability more than others and be willing to pay slightly more to sign him. Stay tuned.
So far, Casey's confirmed visits (either has or will visit): #Azcardinals, #Broncos, #Browns, #Titans, #Redskins, #Bengals, #Jaguars....— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 26, 2015