Last week Mike Zimmer brought in one of his old players from the Bengals, safety Chris Crocker. This week it was Norv Turner’s turn to call upon a player from one of his previous stops, former San Diego Chargers tight end Kory Sperry.
The 29-year-old Sperry played for two seasons under Turner in San Diego, and has five years of NFL experience overall. The Colorado State product was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dolphins in 2009. He played the last two seasons in Arizona.
In 40 NFL games, Sperry has 9 receptions for 152 yards and 1 TD. Last year in 8 games for the Cardinals he caught one ball for 16 yards.
Sperry is added to a backup tight end mix that already includes former Saint Mike Higgins and familiar face Allen Reisner. That mix used to feature UDFA AC Leonard but he was unceremoniously dumped after missing a whole week of practice for still-unexplained reasons.
The top two tight end spots are already locked down, with potential Pro Bowler Kyle Rudolph at #1 and solid blocking TE/H-back Rhett Ellison at #2. Chase Ford has been unable to participate in training camp due to an injured foot, and looks like he won’t be able to start the season.
The signing of Sperry is only further indication that Ford may end up being placed on injured reserve.