The Cincinnati Bengals announced Thursday that they’ve officially placed TE Tyler Eifert on injured reserve.
This should come as no surprise, considering that Eifert decided to undergo season-ending back surgery and is expected to be out for the next 4-6 months.
The Bengals will move forward with Tyler Kroft as their starting tight end for the remainder of the 2017 season.
Eifert will be one of the more interesting free agents to watch next year, given that he’s shown he can be an impact player, but injuries have really limited him the past few years. It’s possible he could be forced to sign a one-year, prove it contract.
Eifert, 27, is a first-round pick of the Bengals back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $8.256 million contract and is playing out the 2017 season under the fifth-year option.
Eifert will make $4.782 million in 2017 before becoming an unrestricted free agent next year. He is in a position to be an unrestricted free agent next offseason and could be among the best available players.
In 2017, Eifert has appeared in two games and caught four passes for 46 yards receiving and no touchdowns for the Bengals.
We have him featured in our Top 25 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.