After spending his entire NFL career in the Eastern Time Zone, Tyler Kroft is heading west.
The veteran tight end has said yes to terms on a one-year deal with San Francisco 49ers, according to his agent Mike McCartney.
Kroft has made a long career out of filling the role of a traditional tight end for the Bengals, Bills and Jets from 2015-2021. He has on average only had 14 receptions per. season, but his 2017 result of 42 catches, 404 yards and seven touchdowns in Cincinnati is proof that he can become a quality reception option when asked.
Kroft travels to San Francisco, where Kyle Shanahan appreciates lesser-known tight-ends to play opposite superstar George Kittle and serve as quality blockers with the ability to open up and catch passes. He will join a list filled with such players (Ross Dwelley, Charlie Woerner, Troy Fumagalli) and bring with him seven seasons of wisdom to lend to his younger colleagues. Thanks to Shanahan’s tendency to use multiple tight ends at once, Kroft was able to create a valuable role for himself with a team looking to build on its performance in the NFC Championship Game.