The Falcons have now signed two players to address a major hole at tight end, adding former Seahawk, Bill and Chief Tony Moeaki.
#Falcons have signed tight end Tony Moeaki.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 19, 2015
It's a 1-year deal for Tony Moeaki, I'm told. Tamme got a two-year deal with a max value of just over $4 million.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 19, 2015
Moeaki, 27, has 88 catches for 1,143 yards and five touchdowns. He missed the entire 2011 season and most of the 2013 season with injuries, and the talent that made him one of the more intriguing tight ends in the 2010 rookie class hasn't really shone through at any stop since the Chiefs. He battled injuries last year with the Seahawks, as well. The Falcons will hope that a healthy Moeaki can revive his career in Atlanta, and it's not like there's anyone he'll be an automatic backup to.
Moeaki is the second tight end the Falcons have signed today, following the acquisition of veteran Jacob Tamme earlier today. The team now has three tight ends who will essentially be duking it out for a starting job, and even if one guy clearly emerges with the job, you should expect to see all three utilized in Kyle Shanahan's offense. When healthy, Moeaki might be the best receiver of the lot, so we'll see if he can separate himself from the group. The Falcons may still draft a tight end, which could mean Moeaki or Levine Toilolo will find themselves out of a roster spot come late August.
For now, though, this is another relatively low-cost signing aimed at patching over the tight end position. If the Falcons get competence out of Moeaki, Toilolo or Tamme and a couple of cheap, useful veterans behind the winner of the camp battle, they'll be in better shape than they were in 2014.
Welcome to Atlanta, Tony Moeaki.