Lesser of two evils is typically when there's 2 (and really only two) options where neither are for the betterment of the situation. You're saying if our ideal route doesn't happen, which one of these crappy scenarios would you accept. I choose none of the above.
He was the second highest paid TE in the League last year. Guys hoping he'll come here for peanuts is a pipe dream. Mind you we have already signed depth, we need a stater though. Here are the 2021 FA TEs: (You may have to toggle to the TEs)
2021 FA TEs