According to Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network and Chris McPherson of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, the Birds have invited tight end Tony Curtis for a tryout at the NovaCare Complex and are on the verge of signing him pending a physical. However, no official announcement has been made yet. A former Cowboy, Curtis would be expected to challenge Matt Schobel, Eugene Bright, and Rob Myers for the backup position behind Brent Celek. Here is what PE.com had to say about the 26-year-old Curtis:
In 36 career NFL games, all with Dallas, Curtis has 11 catches for 50 yards and three touchdowns. In fact, all three of his touchdowns came on his only three receptions in 2007. The 6-5, 251-pound Curtis was originally signed as a rookie free agent out of Portland State in 2005 by the Cowboys and spent the entire season on the practice squad. Curtis appeared to have a future in Dallas in the 2008 off-season even with the presence of Jason Witten. Dallas had traded backup tight end Anthony Fasano to the Dolphins paving the way for Curtis. However, the Cowboys used a second-round pick to select Martellus Bennett one day later.
Curtis still played in all 16 games for Dallas last year and caught 8 passes for 32 yards. Curtis was signed by the Chiefs after they traded Tony Gonzalez earlier this off-season. However, Curtis was let go when Amani Toomer was signed.
Let's hope Curtis continues to show promise, as the loss of rookie Cornelius Ingram has seriously hurt our depth at tight end.