Sunday, July 31, 2011
Heap visits Jets, signs with Cards
By Rich Cimini
UPDATE: Former Ravens TE Todd Heap agreed to a deal with the Cardinals, according to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. Heap played college ball at Arizona, so it's a homecoming. Interestingly, Heap gave the Cards a "yes" while visiting the Jets. Rex Ryan's rep as a deal-closer takes a hit.
Former Ravens TE Todd Heap, cut last week by the team in a salary-cap move, is scheduled to visit the Jets Sunday in Florham Park, N.J., according to the New York Daily News.
Rex Ryan, a former Ravens assistant, spent eight seasons with Heap. But what makes this potential move interesting is that it could represent a shift in offensive philosophy. Under Brian Schottenheimer, the two-tight end packages have consisted of Dustin Keller and a slow-footed blocker (Ben Hartsock, et al).
Heap, 31, has slowed down a bit, but he'd give the Jets two so-called receiving tight ends. Is it a coincidence that they're considering that shift just after hiring former Colts offensive Tom Moore, who used two tight ends as his base package in Indianapolis? Maybe Moore, hired as primarily an off-site consultant, already is having an influence.