General manager Doug Whaley has identified new offensive coordinator Greg Roman as "a big tight end guy," which leaves the position high on the offseason shopping list.
It's an opportunity to poach a division rival while adding a pass-catching tight end who can also double as a lead-blocking fullback in Roman's power running scheme.
Clay, 26, was a surprising addition to NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2014 list after a breakout 2013 season. His production dipped last year, due in large part to nagging knee and hamstring injuries.
Whether it's Clay or an early-round draft prospect, it appears Whaley will succeed in upgrading the position this time around.