Cincinnati Bengals: Three bargain free agents still available

Charles Clay (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Bengals- Bargain free agents: Charles Clay

It’s no secret that the Cincinnati Bengals are dangerously thin at the tight end position. As things stand, C.J. Uzomah leads the group as a solid blocker who can get it done in the passing game if called upon. Beyond him, things become much more of an unknown.

The hope is that 2018 second-round draft pick Drew Sample can breakout after a disappointing rookie season that ended in injury. There is also reason for optimism for undrafted free agent Mitchell Wilcox.

However, relying solely on those three players is a risky move, even taking into account that Zac Taylor didn’t often utilize tight ends often in his first year at the helm in Cincinnati. Plus, staying on the field and healthy is a tough task for tight ends, given the demands of the position. One injury and the unit is in disaster mode.

That’s where Charles Clay steps in. He’s a versatile player that can get it done in all aspects. From 2013 to 2017, he racked up over 500 yards receiving while maintaining his blocking ability.

He’s had two down years in terms of receiving, there’s no denying that. But, he’s proven he can get it done at the NFL level and the Bengals should have faith that their young, creative coaching staff could help him reach his former production level if they need him to do so.

In addition to his contributions in the air attack, he’s played in no fewer than 13 games across his 9-year career, a remarkable feat. That kind of availability is invaluable and something the Bengals have lacked recently.

Between the upside in receiving ability, the blocking consistency, and his knack for staying healthy, Clay is a signing to consider and one that could pay off in a big way.