5 potential replacements for C.J. Uzomah in free agency

Hans Themistode
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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O.J. Howard
O.J. Howard (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

2. O.J. Howard

Potential is a very flattering word. It can be viewed as an ambiguous one as well. Potential stems from flashing talent and skills. It also means that said person hasn’t yet accomplished anything.

Tight end O.J. Howard seemed to be a sure-fire future Pro Bowler and All-Pro member. As a rookie, he caught 39 balls for 432 yards and six touchdowns. In year two, Howard plucked 48 balls out of the air for 565 yards, and five touchdowns for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Since then, he’s fallen quite a bit. In 2020, after tearing his Achilles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went on to win the Super Bowl without him, proving that he was somewhat inconsequential to their success. This year, his first healthy season back, he was God-awful. He caught only one touchdown pass and 135 total receiving yards.

Howard needs to rebuild his name, image, and overall game. The Bengals would be the perfect spot.