For the Bengals, a holdout from the team’s first-round pick has become the rule, not the exception. Few teams like to pay big money based only on potential, and the bargain-hunting Bengals are usually one of the most reluctant franchises when it comes to making an unproven player a multi-millionaire.
This year, the team’s first-round pick held out once again. But the holdout has ended. Tight end Jermaine Gresham has agreed to terms.
Receiver Chad Ochocinco broke the news via Twitter, besting the likes of ESPN’s Adam Schefter by a minute.
Gresham missed all of 2009 with a torn ACL, an injury that may have caused Gresham to slide a bit, making him available when the Bengals used the 21st overall pick.
As pointed out in our AFC North training camp one-liners, Gresham had been placed at the top of the depth chart, even without signing his contract. We’ll see whether he can stay there once he starts practicing.