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The other side of bringing in TE Jermaine Gresham

There are some reasons why the Bengals don't want him back.

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With the news of tight end Jermaine Gresham coming to visit the Arizona Cardinals, the reaction has mostly been excitement. I even wrote "he would likely be the most talented tight end the Cards have had on their roster since coming to Arizona." I believe this to be true.

However, it isn't as if Gresham has no flaws. There is a reason why then team who drafted him does not want him back.

The obvious red flag is the back injury. He had surgery to repair a herniated disc in March.

It goes beyond that. Some Bengals coaches wanted nothing to do with his return.

Reportedly he is not particularly tough when it comes to being hurt. He sits out when others would play. He has only played in all 16 games in a season once, although he has never missed more than two games.

He has a reputation for presnap penalties. He was flagged for six penalties in 2014, but he has been flagged for a total of 38 in his career, including those that were declined. 2013 was his worst season with 11 penalties.

He has had some issues with fumbles. he has fumbled 11 times in his five-year career, including three times each of the past two seasons.

He is not known as having the best hands. Pro Football Focus credits him with 28 dropped passes in his career, with as many as 10 in a single season. However, he only dropped one pass in 2014.

While Gresham's stats look decent, he has been viewed as a disappointment, as he was a first round pick.

If the Cardinals do sign him, just know he is not without his own issues. Of course, he still would be the most talented and productive tight end on the roster, even with these negatives.