Free agent tight ends available include McMichael, Boss

Scott Halleran

Earlier tonight, Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller suffered an ugly knee injury. With the potential that he is out for an extended period of time, we take a look at the tight ends currently available in free agency.

The Miami Dolphins may be searching for a free agent tight end following a horrendous injury to Dustin Keller's knee. Keller was hit by Houston Texans cornerback D.J. Swearinger as Miami's free agent addition was attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The hit, directly to Keller's knee, sent the tight end's body one way, while his lower leg went the other.

If the team is looking for tight end help, the free agency market is fairly barren at this point. The leading candidates include a familiar name in Randy McMichael and former Kansas City Chiefs player Kevin Boss. Other players could include Evan Moore or Todd Heap.

McMichael, who was a fourth round draft pick for Miami in 2002, playing with the team through 2006, spent the last three seasons with the San Diego Chargers, where he spent time as a tight end, fullback, and wide receiver. He appeared in all 16 games, starting nine, last year, but only had nine receptions for 51 yards. He had a couple of tryouts in the offseason, but the 34 year old has yet to catch on with a team.

Boss, who is best known for his four years with the New York Giants, played two games, starting both, with the Chiefs in 2012. He was released by the Chiefs in February, following a failed physical, after suffering the fourth known concussion of his career last year.

Moore has bounced between teams throughout his career, playing three years for the Cleveland Browns from 2009-2011. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers but spent 2008 on injured reserve. In 2012, Moore split time between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks, but only caught 1 pass for six yards.

Heap spent the first ten years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, earning two Pro Bowl berths. He then moved on to the Arizona Cardinals for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He only played in three games last season, catching one pass for eight yards.

Like I said, barren.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Keller will undergo an MRI tonight. Following the results of that, the Dolphins may need to start searching immediately to add another tight end to the roster. But, is there anyone currently in free agency worth pursuing? Or, will Miami be happy with Charles Clay, Dion Sims, Michael Egnew, and Kyle Miller?

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