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Report: Eifert cleared to participate in OTAs

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February 26, 2018 at 8:40 am.

The Bengals could benefit from a healthy Tyler Eifert. Photo Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals could benefit from a healthy Tyler Eifert. Photo Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Oft-injured tight end Tyler Eifert, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, has been cleared to participate in OTAs this spring, according to a report from ESPN.

Eifert has spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, although multiple injuries have limited him to 25 of a potential 64 games in the past four years. The 2013 first-round pick has undergone three back surgeries, as well as a procedure last fall to remove a cyst from his knee and ankle surgery before the 2016 season.

Eifert’s best year came in 2015, when he started 12 of 13 games, catching 52 passes for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has 127 career receptions for 1,537 yards and 20 scores.

He will turn 28 at the start of the 2018 season. If teams are comfortable with Eifert’s medical situation, he could be an intriguing free-agent target on a short-term deal.

The start of the free agency period begins March 14.

 

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