Thursday’s news has become something of a broken record for Denver Broncos fans. Jacob Tamme became yet another veteran to cut ties with the club.
The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they signed the veteran tight end but the terms of the deal have yet to be reported. Tamme spent three seasons in Denver after following Peyton Manning to the team in 2012.
Tamme, much like Mitch Unrein who signed with the San Diego Chargers Wednesday, was reportedly sought after to come back with the Broncos but unfortunately the sides could not agree to terms. After the signing of Owen Daniels and the re-signing of Virgil Green it is likely that the Broncos could not give Tamme what the Falcons were willing to offer.
He will be playing in his seventh season this year and his first without Manning. Tamme was drafted in 2008 out of the University of Kentucky and quickly gained a nice symmetry with No. 18. Tamme’s most impressive season came in 2010 when he compiled 67 receptions for 631 yards. As a Bronco his role was similar to what in was with the Indianapolis Colts and as a safety blanket for Manning, in 2012 he caught 55 passes in the regular season for 555 yards.
In 2014 Tamme’s role was significantly diminished in the 15 games he appeared in. Throughout the season he only caught 14 passes for 109 yards but also continued to be a reliable special teams player. His teammates were always quick to comment on his quiet leadership and his former running back C.J. Anderson commented on his departure via twitter on Thursday.
“ATL is lucky can’t have a better guy and teammate than @JacobTamme real class act. I learn a lot in 2 years love you 2 bro”
The Broncos will continue to search for leadership and talent with a tight budget but the departures of Unrein and Tamme will be small blows to their position’s morale and work ethic.