The Jets have themselves a new tight end, as the team signed former Packers TE Bubba Franks to a one-year deal worth a reported $1.65 million. The New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the sides were close as Franks was visiting the team over the weekend. Franks is a three-time Pro Bowl TE, but his last few seasons have been derailed with injuries. The Packers cut him last month, as they have Donald Lee now as their starter.
If Franks can regain somewhat of his form of the early part of his career in which he pulled in at least 30 passes in each of his first five seasons, he can give the Jets offense a nice boost. With the knee injury that stopped his season last year, he caught just 18 passes for 132 yards and three TD’s. He was the Packs first round pick (14th overall) in 2000.
In his 8-year career, all with the Packers, he has 256 career grabs for 2300 yards and 32 touchdowns. His best season came in 2002 with Green Bay when he caught 54 passes for 442 yards and seven touchdowns. He has shown a knack for touchdown catches over the years, as he pulled in 9 in 2001, seven in 2002, and seven again in 2004.