3 major takeaways from Bengals early moves in free agency

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Solidification of the tight end position

The tight end spot was a major question mark for the Bengals heading into the offseason, as all three of the teams top options at the position from last season -- Tanner Hudson, Drew Sample and Irv Smith Jr. -- were all headed for free agency.

Production from the tight end position is important for a well-balanced offensive attack, and it's clear that Cincinnati's front office prioritized the position in free agency. Gesicki represents a clear upgrade in the pass-catching department, as he has never had less than 20 receptions and 200 receiving yards in a single season, and he has tallied 20 touchdowns over the course of his career.

In addition to Gesicki, the team was also able to bring back Hudson and Sample -- their two best TE's from last season. Sample is solid in the pass-blocking department, while Hudson emerged late last season as a reliable target for Burrow. He compiled 39 receptions for 352 yards and a touchdown in Cincinnati last season.

Speaking of Burrow, his presence was a big factor in Gesicki's decision to sign with the Bengals.

"They could have said that [Cincinnati] was you know, the worst place in the world, but when you've got No. 9 at quarterback, I was like, 'That is where I want to go,'" Gesicki said at his introductory press conference with the team. "So, that was something I was really looking forward to."

What was a question mark could now potentially be an area of strength for Cincinnati, as they now appear to have depth and versatility at the tight end position.

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