The Cincinnati Bengals signed Tyler Eifert to a one-year prove it deal Thursday afternoon. The fans react on Twitter.
Following the Cincinnati Bengals signed tight end Tyler Eifert to a one-year prove it deal, fans reacted on Twitter. There are mixed emotions on the deal but most of Cincinnati is happy to have their red zone star back in the orange and black for another year. The big question around Eifert will be whether he can stay healthy for a full season for the first time in his career.
After the papers were inked, news came to light that the Bengals had to beat out two California teams to bring the tight end back to Cincinnati. Both the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers were apparently interested as well. Eifert decided to remain with the Bengals giving him another chance to prove he can be the player they need him to be.
"“I knew where I wanted to be,” Eifert said. “It’s a place I called home for five years. I like the guys in the locker room. I love the coaches. The fans have been great. The way I left it, it’s not the way I wanted to leave it. I felt like owed it to Mr. (Mike) Brown, Coach (Marvin) Lewis and the fans to come back and give them a good year.”"
When healthy, Eifert is the Bengals biggest threat in the red zone with 13 touchdowns in 2015 alone. He earned his spot in the Pro Bowl that year where he injured his knee and back. Eifert has only played 8 games since he was hurt in the 2015 Pro Bowl.
The deal is figured to be around $5.5 million with incentives for playtime, catches, yards, and touchdowns. Cincinnati is getting one of their biggest playmakers back for another season while putting him on a deal similar to linebacker Vontaze Burfict deal protecting the team if he gets hurt again in 2018 and misses substantial time. All around a good deal in the sense of talent and low risk.