I think we will have a number of TEs available to pick from in FA. This is why I do not think of TE once the draft comes.
I block all the SIG's
1: WR* (Cordarelle Patterson)
Re-sign: Long, Bush, Smith, McDaniel, Clemons, and Devlin
Sign: Jennings or Wallace*, Rodgers-Cromartie*, and a TE like Cook.
*(if we sign Rodgers-Cromartie to start opposite Smith, we trade both our 2's to move up into the 1st for a top notch pass rusher)
*(if we sign Wallace and pass on Cromartie, we re-sign Hartline, draft a DE at 12 and trade up for a top notch CB)
We have Fasano and Clay, along with Egnew. I do not see the Fins even addressing the TE position this year. Fasano was shackled next to Jonathan Martin last season just to keep him upright. Once the oline is finally settled, the TE's can really start becoming effective and the upgrading can begin.
Our biggest need is finding another elite DE that will give us a devastating pass rush...that is how you beat the elite franchise QB's...with pressure from a 4 man front. That should be our first pick.
The next priority is to add more play making ability at WR. Hartline and Binns are fine. Bess is a good player, but his lack of size and speed is no threat to defenses. I can see us signing a FA, plus drafting 2 WR's. that position needs a total over haul.
In my plan, the OL gets full focus in 2014. This 2013 off season, the focus is on the playmakers: WR, DE, CB, TE. We must re-sign Bush, Clemons, Smith, and McDaniel and "try" to re-sign Long. If we can't come to a reasonable longterm contract, he gets tagged and we hold him for the year. Then, we focus the 2014 draft fully on the OL.
Now, should Ireland not be thinking this way with Long, he better have some contingency plan on who will replace him via "FA", because we don't have any draft picks to spend on another RT we need our picks for a DE, two WRs, two CBs, a G, a LB, and a QB. God forbid him thinking some 3rd or 4th round pick will replace Long and think we're set. We need to keep cohesion in the OL this year. Worry about ripping it apart in 2014 (if it actually even indeed needs to be).