The potent Bengals offense officially has gotten even more potent.
The team has announced that tight end Tyler Eifert, a first-round pick in the 2013 draft, has agreed to terms. Though late in comparison to other 2013 draft-pick contracts, the striking of a deal before the start of a camp shows that even the Bengals, who had a history of first-round holdouts, have benefited from the new rookie wage scale, which makes it much easier to work out rookie contracts.
Eifert was a luxury pick for a franchise that has qualified for consecutive playoff berths in non-strike seasons for the first time in franchise history. He gives offensive coordinator Jay Gruden another weapon for an attack that features receiver A.J. Green, tight end Jermaine Gresham, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and promising wideout Mohamed Sanu.
Eifert joins second-round running back Giovani Bernard as new toys available to quarterback Andy Dalton, who will be facing extra pressure to perform in a manner worthy of the players who now surround him.