Bengals considered a fit for free-agent TE Eric Ebron

Leigh Oleszczak
Eric Ebron (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Eric Ebron (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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The Cincinnati Bengals’ tight end position could be stronger. Could Eric Ebron be an option for the stripes if they wanted to add another option to the position? 

C.J. Uzomah left the Cincinnati Bengals organization to sign with the Jets. Shortly after, the good guys added Hayden Hurst on a one-year deal to pair with Drew Sample.

While Hurst had a good year in 2020, Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report thinks that the Bengals should add another tight end. His suggestion is former first-round pick, Eric Ebron.

"The 6’4″, 253-pounder uses his length and thick frame to box out defenders instead of relying on his once-impressive speed. He’s posted a catch rate of at least 60 percent in all but one season over the last seven years. It’s easy to see why a playoff contender could use him as a red-zone target."

Could the Bengals make sense as a landing spot for Eric Ebron?

Ebron went 10th overall to the Lions in the 2014 NFL Draft and never lived up to the hype there. During his first year with the Colts in 2018, however, he scored a whopping 13 touchdowns and proved he could be a major red-zone threat if playing for the right offense.

Ebron didn’t do much this past season with the Steelers but, as Wharton mentions, he’d be a nice addition for a playoff team looking for a red-zone target. The Bengals are a playoff team in 2022 and Ebron would be a wonderful target for Joe Burrow to have.

It’s doubtful the Bengals end up adding Ebron or another tight end, however. They signed Hurst to replace Uzomah and still appear to be high on Sample, even if he hasn’t done much as a pass-catcher during his career.

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Ebron could make a lot of sense for the stripes but this doesn’t feel like a move that the reigning AFC champs would end up making. How would you feel about the team adding Eric Ebron?

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