Apparently, Charles Clay wasn’t the only free-agent tight end the Buffalo Bills were interested in acquiring.
According to an NFL source, the Bills also were giving serious thought to signing Jermaine Gresham before he underwent surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disc.
They were, the source said, willing to add Gresham in addition to Clay, whom they acquired Thursday after the Miami Dolphins chose not to match the offer sheet the Bills had given him as a transition-tagged player.
The Oakland Raiders had begun contract negotiations with Gresham before the back issue was discovered, and talks were put on hold. When Gresham will be cleared to return to football activity is unknown, but whenever that is, he is likely to resume talks with the Raiders.
After releasing Scott Chandler, who signed with the New England Patriots, and losing Lee Smith in free agency to the Raiders, the Bills have a need to add at least one other tight end and possibly two. Besides Clay, the only other tight ends on the roster are Chris Gragg and MarQueis Gray, who also played fullback.
In all likelihood, the Bills will address the position in the draft, although that is considered a thin position in this year’s crop of college prospects.
Gresham spent the past five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, who made him a first-round draft pick from Oklahoma. He was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 2011 and 2012 seasons.