It is official. The Arizona Cardinals have added veteran tight end Jermaine Gresham, announcing they had agreed to teams with him on a one-year contract.
Despite head coach Bruce Arians expressing confidence in his young group of tight ends, when John Carlson abruptly announced his retirement from football, it seemed only a matter of time before a veteran would be added.
Gresham (6-5, 260) is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who played in 74 games (67 starts) over the past five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. A first-round pick (21st overall) by the Bengals out of Oklahoma in the 2010 NFL Draft, Gresham has 280 receptions for 2,722 yards and 24 touchdowns in his career. His best season came in 2012 when he set career highs with 64 catches for 737 yards while playing in all 16 games and earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. Last year, Gresham started 15 games and caught 62 passes for 460 yards and five touchdowns.
He joins San Diego's Antonio Gates and Carolina's Greg Olsen as the only tight ends in the NFL with at least 40 receptions, 400 receiving yards and four touchdowns in each of the last five seasons.
He was not signed earlier in the offseason because he had surgery in March to repair a herniated disk.
While he will have to compete with Darren Fells and Troy Niklas, Gresham is expected to land a starting role.
During his rookie season in 2010, Gresham was a teammate of quarterback Carson Palmer in Cincinnati.
What do you think of the addition, Cardinals fans?