- The Bengals also signed WR Rashaun Simonise and waived DE Dezmond Johnson and HB DyShawn Mobley.
Players placed on the active/PUP list can return to practice once activated. However, if they remain on PUP list to start the regular season, they would miss at least the first six weeks.
It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to hear that Eifert will open camp on the PUP list, considering that he underwent a “minimal procedure” back in May on his troublesome ankle that was expected to require a three-month recovery period.
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.
The Bengals picked up his fifth-year option a few months that 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.
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.