Jermaine Gresham unlikely to remain in Cincinnati

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Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham has played out the five-year contract that he signed as Cincinnati’s first-round draft pick in 2010. He’s unlikely to get another contract with the team.

Stories at Bengals.com, the Cincinnati Enquirer and Rotoworld all make the case that the Bengals will probably let Gresham walk in free agency next month.

Gresham started 15 games last season and is a good blocker, but he had a career-low average of 7.4 yards a catch in 2014, and he has fumbled six times over the last two years while catching 108 passes. Fumbling on more than 5 percent of all receptions is way, way too much.

The Bengals have another first-round tight end on the roster, Tyler Eifert, and he’ll be the starting tight end in 2015. If Gresham is a starting tight end anywhere, it won’t be in Cincinnati.

41 responses to “Jermaine Gresham unlikely to remain in Cincinnati

  1. I would too. These dummies in Cincy gonna keep jamming a square peg into a round hole? Time to move on ownership. Fire Lewis and look to replace Dalton with in the next 12 months. You are going no where relevant with those 2 at the helm.

  2. Anyone who thinks this guy is a goof receiving tight end apparently doesn’t watch him much. He drops a hell of a lot of passes and commits an absolute ton of penalties. False starts to be exact. Good riddance. The guy has a terrible attitude too.

  3. Under the radar, not a very big name, good blocker, decent middle-of-the-field threat. If Thompson can keep his wallet deep, he might bring Gresham over to Green Bay

  4. You guys clearly don’t watch him play if you want him on your team. Commits way too many penalties and carries the ball like a loaf of bread. He made me nervous every time he had the ball. Good riddance

  5. I laugh at few of my fellow Jags fans who were posting on the Jags board about wanting to sign this player. He’s no better than the STIFF they have now in Marcedes Lewis. Neither player are all that fast or quick. Both drop a ton of passes, and both were expected to be top shelf receiving threats at the position when drafted. They are essentially identical twins, and they both flat out suck.

    The smart Jags fans want no part of adding this player. Colossal waste of cash, just like the Marcedes Lewis contract was.

  6. I think it’s clear that the Bengals have gone as far as Lewis and Dalton will ever take them. The Colts have demonstrated how you progress from year to year, yet the Bengals seem content to make the playoffs then go one and done. You may be able to salvage Dalton, but they’ve got to be bold and fire Lewis. Of course it’s not gonna happen so Bengals fans are trapped in that slightly better than average limbo. If I were a Bengals fan I’d be wishing for a 2-14 season to justify firing Lewis.

  7. I can’t believe the defense of Gresham on this board. This guy has been given every chance and every benefit of the doubt by Marvin and by Dalton. He continually disappointed. He makes mental errors continuously, fumbles too much, commits penalties regularly and what’s worse is he just doesn’t seem to be smart enough to learn from his mistakes. He is a detriment and will be a second stringer at best anywhere else.

  8. He’s a good run blocker, but he catches like a run blocker. People on this site kill Dalton, but if Gresham caught some of the balls that came his way Dalton would have a few more key wins. Plus, for a guy who’s 6’5″, 250 he plays like he’s afraid of contact in the passing game. So all the people who think he’s a good over the middle guy, get ready for some frightened drops.

    And in terms of why he’s leaving – he quit on the team. This December, when the team had injuries across the board, this guy couldn’t tough out minor injuries. He wasn’t out there to win a playoff game (or any game), he was out there to stay healthy for a contract, and the locker room resented him for it. Cincy will lose a good run blocker, but the team as a whole will be better for it. And since he’s been playing for a contract, I don’t expect any great effort from him once he’s been paid.

    Best of luck to whomever gets him, he’ll be a mediocre back-up and probably get cut and be out of the league before his contract term is up.

  9. He’s a very good blocking tight end. I’m not sure he can’t improve his receiving under another coaching staff. His receiving technique is not good. He also has some issues that are all in his head.

  10. New England Patriots – The ball is easier to hang on to when the footballs are DEFLATED ! That’ll solve the fumbling issue.

  11. He’s not being released, he’s a UFA..since you didn’t know that fact, I guess it would be too much for you to also know Bengal fans have never liked the guy and wanted him gone before this year. He didn’t just start fumbling and committing penalties..the only thing he added new this year was a penchant for not wanting to play and begging out of games…
    It sucks when facts get in the way of a good fantasy!

  12. joetoronto –

    I thought only certain Jags fans were like that.

    I remember by 2008 I was calling for Del Rio to be fired, and there was this sect of Jags fans that defended him to the death. But once Del Rio was eventually fired in 2011, many of the same people defending Del Rio were then at that point admitting that they knew he sucked all along. I can’t stand that type of fan.

    If it becomes evident that a player or coach on your favorite team simply isn’t getting it done, there is no shame in speaking the truth. Its not being a bad fan its simply telling it like it is.

  13. In the 2010 draft, the Bengals chose him before Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas.. Oh and if they needed to fill a position of need they picked him over that Rob Gronkowski kid.

  14. I don’t know why he went so high in the draft…hurt all of his last year at Oklahoma. Pegged at being a great receiving TE and was the only TE taken in the first round I believe…didn’t put up great numbers in college either…stupid.

  15. It seemed like a typical game for Jermaine Gresham included a touchdown, a key dropped pass, a fumble, and a drive killing penalty.

    Can easily see why the Bengals want no part of resigning him.

  16. Wow. The Bengals are run by a bunch of idiots.

    We would take him but we have no QB.

    I could totally see the Pats taking him. Good blocker. Could work with Gronk in a two or three tight-end (Tim Wright) system.

  17. Might backfire on him like Andre Smith tried to go out and find a new team but realized no one was interested in him and he was back in Cincinnati. Same could happened to Gresh he’s very inconsistent gets a penalty almost every game and has ball security issues. He’d be ok to get back for depth but Ryan Hewitt did some good things this year and Eifert will be back. Gresham is very disposable.

  18. joetoronto says:
    Feb 8, 2015 11:54 AM
    Now that he’s about to be released, Bungals fans finally admit this guy stinks.

    Typical.
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    Gresham will be a Raider next season & you’ll defend him. Bank on it.

  19. Fumbles are only one of Greshams problems. Dropped passes and penalties, stoopid penalties at that. Has lost more games than won. Ive watched all his pro games. Has not progressed over time.

  20. joetoronto says: Feb 8, 2015 11:54 AM

    Now that he’s about to be released, Bungals fans finally admit this guy stinks.

    Typical.

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    I hate feeding you, because you’re a troll, but clearly you don’t read the Bengals message board. Bengals fans have been tired of his penalties and turnovers for some time now. The fact that he chose to sit out two games he was questionable for, (including the playoff game against the COlts, where he would have been the #1 target) was icing on the cake.

  21. The Bungles are better than the gmen, Andy is better than manning which isn’t saying much. Our roster is likely third best in football. Wimp Palmer couldn’t take the criticism, wah wah. He got what he deserved. The trouble is the Bengals passed on Jimmy Graham and if not mistaken Dez Bryant to draft this coach killer, marvelous athlete but no football sense. Sign him G men. He makes you want to pull your hair out because of penalties and dropped passes. The Bengals played with a Geno Atkins who post surgery is not the same player, maybe year two post op is better. Maualuga missed 8 games, Eifert the whole season and Burfict almost the whole season now gets micro fracture surgery. 40 mil in cap room now 60 next year could fix things. Plus Andre smith missed half the season. It’s a game of attrition. Everyone has injuries but that season was brutal. I’d start by signing Suh.

  22. themaddogtmd says:
    Feb 8, 2015 12:07 PM
    joetoronto –

    I thought only certain Jags fans were like that.

    I remember by 2008 I was calling for Del Rio to be fired, and there was this sect of Jags fans that defended him to the death. But once Del Rio was eventually fired in 2011, many of the same people defending Del Rio were then at that point admitting that they knew he sucked all along. I can’t stand that type of fan.

    If it becomes evident that a player or coach on your favorite team simply isn’t getting it done, there is no shame in speaking the truth. Its not being a bad fan its simply telling it like it is.

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    You should try reading a Bears forum on Cutler. It’s now like 1/4 think he can still be good, 1/2 have finally given up hope, and the last 1/4 are the “I told you he sucked 3 years ago”

  23. Gresham has been a disappointment. He has never come close to being the Tight End that Graham or Gronkowski have become. Changing teams or having a new position coach will not make a difference. He is what he is, a good blocker, hands of stone, penalty prone, bad attitude average NFL Tight end.

  24. If T. Eifert wouldn’t of gotten hurt this year, there wouldn’t be a doubt in one person’s mind that Gresham wouldn’t be resigned by the Bengals.

    And is it just me or will all us Bengal fans not miss this guy trying to extend for that first down that’s 4 yards away and letting that ball get punched out for a fumble???

  25. With the new coaching staff the raiders have, this guy along with Michael Rivera can be a killer combo for oak towns silver and black… i say “snatch him up asap” great potential and good for our wallet !!

  26. Some of his fumbles are mental like the one vs the Saints where he fumbled while reaching for the goal line. Like many NFL players he is poor at assessing risk and reward.

  27. Dude would never last with the Pats. Gresham is a head case when things aren’t going his way. He’d be pouting in the sideline the first time Brady raised his voice at him after one of his trademark third down drive killing drops.

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