Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert shows off his workout, healthy ankle
Tyler Eifert is looking to prove he’s healthy yet again. The last time we saw the oft-injured tight end, he was getting carted off with an ankle injury that ended his season. Last year was supposed to be his comeback campaign, but he ended up appearing in just four games for the Bengals.
But Eifert is on the road to recovery and he recently posted a video documenting his progress. Eifert uploaded clips of him doing agility drills and looking like his old self, per Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com. He appeared in just two games in 2017, and just eight the year before that.
The last time he was fully healthy, in 2015, Eifert was a beast and caught 13 touchdowns in 13 games. There’s no denying his ability, especially as a red-zone target, but he just hasn’t been able to stay on the field.
Despite his many significant injuries, Eifert hasn’t been discouraged and continues to want to play. The impending free agent is still only 28, so he should draw some interest on the open market. Wherever he signs, he’ll likely have to settle for a cheap prove-it type deal with little guaranteed money.
It’s unclear if Cincinnati, the team that drafted him in the first round back in 2011, has any interest in bringing him back. The Bengals have a brand new coaching staff with no ties to him, so it seems likely he ends up getting a fresh start somewhere.
What his market looks like and what type of contract he ends up getting will be one of the more fascinating situations to monitor when free agency opens next month. If he can land in the right spot and stay healthy, he could be a massive acquisition for a team’s offense.