Bengals: Ryan Hewitt’s Extension Good or Bad?

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Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Ryan Hewitt (89) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Ryan Hewitt (89) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cincinnati Bengals sign H-B Ryan Hewitt to an extension, but was it a good or bad move for the Cincinnati Bengals?

The Cincinnati Bengals have been re-signing their players to lock them up, and Ryan Hewitt was no exception with the signing of his 3-year extension today.

This signing is again proof that the organization is dedicated to lock up it’s young talent and keep good players from going elsewhere. However with this team, was locking up a feature player in a dying position the right move?

Ryan Hewitt is of course more than a half-back for this Bengals team. He is also the immediate back up to Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft at the tight end position. 

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Eifert, who has been less than healthy for most of his career, could be out once again for the start of the regular season. That is where Ryan Hewitt comes in to play. Kroft will be the starting tight end if Eifert misses any time, but the Bengals are known for a two tight end set and Hewitt could be the answer, when he is not at half-back.

Hewitt had eight catches for 99 yards on 12 targets in 2015, three of which went for first downs. In 2014, he recorded 10 catches for 86 yards on 14 targets. Although he has yet to score a touchdown, Hewitt has played a vital depth role in this offense.

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As a half-back, Hewitt probably isn’t worth a ton, but as a depth piece to the tight end role with an every down role in both positions, he is a huge part of what this team is doing. Hewitt isn’t worth $10 million dollars a year and although his extension details have not fully been released. It is sure to be a solid investment by an organization whose reputation has been cheap.

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