3 forgotten former Bengals who are still in the NFL

Josh Bynes #56 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

2. Tyler Kroft

Tyler Kroft’s most memorable season came in 2017 when the third-year tight end started all 16 games for Cincinnati and hauled in a career-high seven touchdown passes.

After only appearing in five games in the 2018 season due to injury, Kroft was set to hit the free agency market. The Buffalo Bills stepped in and offered him a three-year contract worth up to $18,000,000. At the time, this number was too high for the Bengals to match, especially after the strong season that C.J. Uzomah had just displayed.

In Buffalo, Kroft took a backseat in the offense. In two seasons there, the tight end hauled in 18 passes on 30 targets. In hopes of taking a bigger role in an offense, Kroft signed with the New York Jets in the 2020 offseason. Once again, Kroft struggled to find success.

In what may be his final chance to find a role in an NFL offense, the veteran tight end signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. While fans shouldn’t expect his pass-catching numbers to be high behind George Kittle, his run blocking ability should fit in nicely in the 49ers’ run-heavy offense.