Dol­phins sign veteran tight end Es­co­bar for some added depth

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - MLB - By Omar Kelly Staff writer

The Mi­ami Dol­phins signed veteran tight end Gavin Es­co­bar on Mon­day, adding to one of the team’s thinnest po­si­tion units.

Es­co­bar, a for­mer San Diego State stand­out who was drafted in the sec­ond round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Dal­las Cow­boys, has played in 64 games with seven starts dur­ing his NFL ca­reer.

He was re­leased by the Cleve­land Browns last week, three months af­ter sign­ing a con­tract with the win­less Browns.

The bulk of Es­co­bar’s play­ing time came dur­ing his four sea­sons with the Cow­boys, where he was one of many back­ups to Ja­son Wit­ten, a fu­ture Hall of Famer.

Es­co­bar caught 30 passes for 333 yards and scored eight touch­downs dur­ing his Cow­boys ca­reer.

He signed with the Chiefs last off­sea­son, but never made it out of train­ing camp. He signed with the Bal­ti­more Ravens last Oc­to­ber and played in games be­fore be­ing in Novem­ber.

Es­co­bar, who is listed two re­leased

at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, will com­pete with A.J. Derby, MarQueis Gray and Thomas Duarte to de­ter­mine which two or three tight ends will be onto Mi­ami’s 53-man ros­ter come Septem­ber.

Derby, Gray and Duarte has col­lec­tively played in 93 NFL games, con­tribut­ing 64 re­cep­tions for 732 yards and two touch­downs.

The Dol­phins re­leased Julius Thomas ear­lier this off­sea­son and haven’t re­signed veteran tight end An­thony Fasano.

Even though coach Adam Gase said re-sign­ing Fasano re­mains an op­tion, the ini­tial plan was to wait un­til af­ter the Dol­phins see what they land in the NFL draft, which is next week.

The Dol­phins plan to sup­ple­ment the depth chart by select­ing a tight end with one of the team’s eight draft picks, and it is doubt­ful that sign­ing Es­co­bar will change that ap­proach.

Es­co­bar will likely par­tic­i­pate in the Dol­phins’ off­sea­son train­ing pro­gram, which be­gan on Mon­day at the team’s Davie fa­cil­ity and will carry on through June.

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DAVID RICHARD/AP

Gavin Es­co­bar (89) caught 30 passes for 333 yards and scored eight touch­downs dur­ing his Cow­boys ca­reer, which spanned four sea­sons.

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