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Jermaine Gresham unlikely to remain in Cincinnati

Wild Card Playoffs - San Diego Chargers v Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 05: Tight end Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates a second quarter touchdown against the San Diego Chargers during a Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 5, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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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, 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.