Cincinnati Bengals re-sign tight end Tyler Eifert
Source: TE Tyler Eifert is signing back with the #Bengals on a 1-year deal. They keep one of their own.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2019
Though terms of the contract are unknown at this point, it seems likely Eifert’s new deal begins at a low number but is loaded with incentives that would allow him to earn more if healthy, not unlike the one-year deal he signed with the team last season. Eifert, a Pro Bowler during his third NFL season in 2015, has played just 14 games over the past three years while dealing with a series of injuries.
The 28-year-old played in four games last season, starting two. He suffered a broken right ankle in a Week 4 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, though, cutting his season well short for the third consecutive year. Eifert played well during his brief time on the field, however, with 15 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown. His last mostly healthy season was in 2015, when he had 13 touchdown catches and was rewarded with a Pro Bowl berth.
The Bengals aren’t counting on Eifert to be their number one option at tight end. They re-signed incumbent started C.J. Uzomah to a three-year, $18 million contract earlier this week. He had 43 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns in 2018, all easy career-highs.
The Bengals, 6-10 last season, are in a state of transition after firing longtime coach Marvin Lewis at the conclusion of the regular season. The team hired former Los Angeles Rams quarterback coach Zac Taylor to replace him in February.