They were the top three contenders for backup to Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, but sadly that three has dropped back to two. Those three were (not necessarily in order by rank) Chase Coffman, Levine Toilolo, and Tommy Gallarda.
Earlier today, however, Gallarda and the Falcons reached agreement on an injury settlement. Gallarda apparently sustained a shoulder injury once again during the Friday Night Lights event.
Gallarda’s injury history is singularly considerable…and unfortunately so, to say the least. He was placed on the Falcons’ injured reserve in November of last year (again a shoulder injury), but seemed to be well on the way to a successful comeback for this season judging from his preseason performance in training camp. Gallarda appeared in nine games up to the point of being placed on injured reserve in 2012, but his performance wasn’t necessarily anything to write home about. At the ripe young age of 25, a chronic shoulder issue (if that is what this turns out to be) is not a good thing to have.
His injuries and his age could be considered a double-edge sword, particularly since he’ll now be looking for a new team after he overcomes injury once again. During his time with the Falcons, he was making himself known as a better blocker than receiver; he certainly needs to focus on receiving when he’s able. That being said, time is on Gallarda’s side…even in NFL years. If he can recover and stay healthy, he could be a viable option for any NFL team.