Bengals sign TE Eifert

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The Cincinnati Bengals signed first-round pick Tyler Eifert. Terms for the former Notre Dame tight end were not disclosed.
The Bengals have now signed all 10 of their draft picks.
"We've said all along that we expected Tyler's deal to get done in good time, but it's great to now have all our signings complete," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "All 10 guys can help us by getting off to fast starts, and we are looking for Tyler to lead that. He's shown us everything we wanted to see in our offseason work."
The Bengals expect Eifert to bring versatility to their offense. He lined up out wide at receiver or in-line as a traditional tight end for Notre Dame last season, catching 50 passes for 685 yards and four touchdowns.
A former high school wide receiver, he poses speed mismatches for linebackers and his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame makes him difficult for defensive backs to contend with as well.
The Bengals envision Eifert playing opposite starting tight end Jermaine Gresham. A more athletic version of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Heath Miller, Eifert does appear maxed out physically and must prove he can handle duties as an in-line blocker in the NFL to completely fulfill his potential.