Bengals Free Agency: 5 tight end options if C.J. Uzomah isn’t retained

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4. Mike Gesicki

Another free-agent tight end target is Mike Gesicki, who spent the first four years of his career with the Dolphins. Gesicki is coming off of a 73 reception-780 yard performance in 2021 while recording two touchdowns. The previous year he had six total touchdowns and also passed the 700-yard mark.

Spotrac projects Gesicki to earn a four-year deal worth $44 million with an annual salary of $11 million. He’d be a cheaper addition in free agency and he’s only a year older than Schultz. Gesicki could have been a major playmaker with any other team but the Dolphins have been playing quarterback roulette in recent years, so it was hard for him to get as many targets as he deserved.

Gesicki wouldn’t have to worry about lack of targets in the Queen City. He’d quickly become one of Burrow’s favorite weapons and he’d give them yet another threat on big plays.

The former Penn State product should be a popular target for teams in free agency and while he’d be more expensive than Uzomah, Gesicki has proven that he can be a game-changing tight end during his time in the league.