- However, Birkett believes a deal before the deadline is unlikely, and expects him to test the open market.
Pettigrew, 29, caught 41 passes for 416 yards receiving and two touchdowns over the course of 14 games. We have him listed as the No. 76 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that although the Lions are currently in talks with free agent TE Brandon Pettigrew regarding a new contract, “odds are” they won’t have an agreement in place before the free agent period kicks off next Tuesday.
According to Birkett, Detroit is “comfortable” allowing Pettigrew to test the open market.
As things stand right now, the Lions should have around $11 million in available cap space to work with, but $2 million figures to be allocated to re-signing restricted free agent RB Joique Bell.
Lions GM Martin Mayhew has said that retaining Pettigrew was among the team’s offseason priorities, but it wouldn’t be easy for them to compete with serious offers prospective teams.
It’s hard to pinpoint what kind of market Pettigrew will have in the coming weeks as he is one of the best available tight ends. However, he really hasn’t developed into the kind of weapon the Lions were hoping he would be when they used a first-round pick on years ago.