While many assumed that the recent injury to Dennis Pitta and Darren Waller’s year-long suspension would lead the Ravens to contact free agent TE Gary Barnidge, he says he has yet to hear from them.
“They know who to contact, who to call,” Barnidge said Thursday on Glenn Clark Radio, via the Baltimore Sun. “I just know we haven’t heard anything yet, which is fine.
Barnidge added that he’s in no rush to sign with a new team, despite the fact that we’re just a few weeks away from the start of training camp.
“I’m in no hurry,” Barnidge said “I’m staying in shape. I’ll be ready when that call comes, so I’m in no rush right now.”
According to Barnidge, he still believes he can be a No. 1 tight end in the NFL.
“I still think I have the ability to be a No. 1, and I’ve showed that the last two years,” Barnidge said. “One thing people always talk about is your age, your age, your age. They talked about it two years ago. They talked about it last year. And my age has not done anything. I’ve been able to produce at my age, no slowing down.”
Barnidge visited with the Bills and has heard from multiple teams including the Jaguars and some of his old coaches with the Broncos since becoming available.
Barnidge, 31, is a former fifth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2008. He spent five years in Carolina before signing a three-year contract with the Browns.
The Browns surprisingly cut Barnidge loose last week a day after they traded up in round one to gaet Miami TE David Njoku.
In 2016, Barnidge appeared in all 16 games and caught 55 passes for 612 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 25 tight end out of 63 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.