The Dallas Cowboys aren’t expected to make any more moves in free agency before the 2017 NFL Draft, meaning that their remaining free agents from the start of the new league year were low-priority players to Dallas. This was certainly the case for Gavin Escobar, as the nearly forgotten TE has inked a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City Chiefs on Twitter: “Roster Move: We have signed free agent tight end Gavin Escobar. pic.twitter.com/rJPti5m0Ax / Twitter”
Roster Move: We have signed free agent tight end Gavin Escobar. pic.twitter.com/rJPti5m0Ax
Escobar was a second round pick of the Cowboys in 2013 (sad face), failing to ever make a real impact behind Jason Witten on the depth chart for a team that shifted to dominantly using just one tight end under Scott Linehan.
A career high four touchdowns on just nine receptions in 2014 proved that Escobar has the traits to be the red zone target he was in college at San Diego State, and those traits will now be utilized by Andy Reid and the Chiefs.
Escobar’s departure leaves the same amount of uncertainty behind the recently extended Jason Witten at TE for the Cowboys, with Geoff Swaim and James Hanna dealing with their own injuries.
Perhaps Dallas will look to draft another tight end out of the deep class this draft presents, potentially as high as the 60th overall pick in the second round – 13 picks back from where they selected Gavin Escobar.