Jacob Francis Tamme was born March 15, 1985 in Danville, KY where he attended Boyle County High School. As a redshirt freshman at the University of Kentucky, he started four of 11 games. He began his career as a wide receiver, logging three starts until starting the season finale at tight end. He finished the year with 16 catches for 161 yards (10.1 avg) and two touchdowns. He also attempted a pass that was intercepted that year. As a sophomore, he assumed the starting position at tight end, with 10 starts in 11 appearances. He missed one game due to a strained hamstring that year. He finished the year with 29 catches for 251 yards (8.7 avg) and a touchdown. He also blocked two punts that year. He started 10 of 13 games as a junior, catching 32 passes for 386 yards (12.1 avg) and two scores on his way to earn first team All-SEC honors. As a senior, he would once again earn first team All-SEC honors while starting all 13 games at tight end. He finished the year with career-highs: 56 catches, 619 yards (11.1 avg) and six scores. As a senior, he was also the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, earned his fourth consecutive SEC Academic Honor Roll, was a finalist for the Draddy Award, the academic equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, and Wuerffel Trophy, which honors community service. He was the winner of the Bobby Bowden Award, which is presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He finished his career as Kentucky's all-time career record-holder in receptions for tight ends. He was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round (127th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Signed by Indianapolis Colts on July 23, 2008 ... Signed by Denver Broncos on March 23, 2012 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on March 19, 2015 ... Placed on injured reserve by Falcons on November 21, 2016 with a shoulder injury.
2012: He signed a three-year deal worth $9 million, including $3.5 million guaranteed with the Broncos in 2012 ... 2015: Signed a two-year deal worth a maximum of $4.2 million, but has a base value of $3.2 million, including $400,000 signing bonus. There is $1 million in performance-based escalators in 2016 based on playing time and receiving yards. Tamme's deal includes per-game active roster bonuses of $12,500 in 2015 and $15,625 in 2016, totaling up to $200,000 (2015) and $250,000 (2016). Only, $187,500 of his 2015 per-game active roster bonuses will count against the salary cap due to him appearing in 15 games in 2014. He will also receive a $250,000 roster bonus if he is on the team's roster on the fifth day of the 2016 league year. He has base salaries of $1 million (2015) and $1.1 million (2016). His cap hits are: $1.3875 million (2015) and $1.8 million (2016).