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Report: TE Eifert staying with Bengals

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March 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm.

Sep 14, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) runs against the Houston Texans during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Photo Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 14, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) runs against the Houston Texans during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Photo Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Tight end Tyler Eifert has had an injury-plagued career, but the Cincinnati Bengals are going to keep him.

Eifert agreed to a one-year deal with the Bengals, multiple media outlets reported Thursday, and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the contract carries a maximum value of $8 million.

Eifert, 27, has spent each of his five NFL seasons with the Bengals, but he has had trouble staying healthy.

He played in only eight games in 2016 and just two in 2017 because of a variety of injuries, including a back problem that required two surgeries. He was also limited to one game in 2014 when he dislocated his right elbow.

Eifert recently said he is healthy again, and if he stays that way he can provide an important weapon, especially in the red zone.

He caught five touchdown passes in just eight games in 2016 games and had 13 touchdown receptions in 13 games during the 2015 season.

Eifert was a Pro Bowl selection in that 2015 season, when he had 52 receptions for 615 yards.

 

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