5 free agents that could bolster Cincinnati Bengals offense in 2022

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4. Gerald Everett, TE

If the Bengals can’t retain C.J. Uzomah — and hopefully they can — then they’ll need to find a tight end capable of catching passes in 2022. Drew Sample is a decent blocker but he’s not a threat as an offensive weapon, so it’s time to go find someone who can make an impact there.

Gerald Everett would be a fun player to watch in Cincinnati. The former South Alabama product went in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft to the Rams but is currently playing for the Seahawks. His numbers through seven starts aren’t eye-popping (22 receptions for 198 yards and a touchdown) but the Seahawks were without Russell Wilson for three games, which prevented Everett from having much of a role during those games.

Everett’s best season was in 2020 when he hauled in 41 receptions for 417 yards and a touchdown. He’s not the red zone threat that Uzomah is, but he makes the important first down grabs and that’s a player that could definitely help this offense out.

In a perfect world, the Bengals keep Uzomah but that might be easier said than done, unfortunately. If he signs elsewhere, Cincinnati should make Everett the starting tight end.