The Cincinnati Bengals announced Wednesday that they’ve exercised TE Tyler Eifert‘s fifth-year option.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 13, 2016
“We had very high expectations for Tyler when we drafted him, and he has met them all,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “He’s a hugely important part of our team as we go forward.”
The fifth-year option will run them over $4.7 million in 2017, but is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
Eifert, 25, was taken with the No. 21 overall pick during the 2013 NFL Draft. He was in the final year of his four-year, $8.256 million rookie contract that included a $4.384 million and stands to make a base salary of $765,409 for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Eifert appeared in 13 games for the Bengals and recorded 52 receptions for 615 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 3 tight end out of 67 qualifying players.