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

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1. Trey McBride

The best tight end in this year’s draft also hails from a non-Power 5 school, as Trey McBride did his damage with the Colorado State Rams. McBride’s 2021 numbers are pretty crazy, as he hauled in 90 receptions for 1,121 yards.

McBride had six games this past season where he went for over 100 yards and never had fewer than 44 yards in a single game. Now, yes, the Mountain West Conference isn’t exactly menacing, but anytime a guy can consistently put up solid numbers, that’s nothing to scoff at.

The only real eyesore on McBride’s resumé is that he found the end zone just one time in 2021, doing so in Colorado State’s second game and then not scoring another touchdown for the rest of the season. Even with the small touchdown totals, McBride was the entire Rams offense this past season and he could bring that competitiveness to the Queen City.

McBride is a second-round target and could be there when the Bengals make their second selection of the draft. If they were able to land him, fans would be elated because this guy could take the offense over the top.

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It’d be great to have C.J. Uzomah back in the stripes but if he doesn’t return to Cincinnati, any of these tight ends would be replacements who could continue to help the offense moving forward. Some might be better additions than if Uzomah were to return but might cost more money to land for their production.

Which tight ends would you be interested in the Bengals signing if they can’t re-sign Uzomah?