Jermaine Gresham to visit Arizona Cardinals
Former Bengal and current free agent Jermaine Gresham may soon find a home before NFL training camps begin. He is scheduled to meet with the Arizona Cardinals some time later this week, according to multiple reports.
Gresham just finished his five year rookie deal this past season and was not extended by Cincinnati. The Bengals drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft. Last season he totaled 460 yards and five touchdowns.
Cincinnati has been balancing the workload of Gresham and Notre Dame alum Tyler Eifert at the tight end position. Eifert missed all of last season after suffering a labrum injury in his left shoulder back in the Bengals OTA’s, but proved to be a reliable target back in his rookie season.
The Cardinals would be a great fit for Gresham. They just lost Rob Housler to free agency and John Carlson retired. Gresham would bring a great sense of veteran leadership to a relatively young team. He would get to start and would be another reliable target for Carson Palmer. The Cardinals need a tight end, and he may be their guy.
The Cardinals aren’t going to be the first team to meet with Gresham. He already met with the New Orleans Saints back in June. The Saints traded away All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham during the offseason and are left with third year veteran, Josh Hill. The Saints have high praise for Hill and believe he could help fill the hole left by Graham. Even with Hill on the roster, Gresham did leave the meeting with an offer.
With that being said, if Gresham isn’t thrilled with his meeting with Arizona, he can still sign with the Saints.
His meeting hasn’t even taken place yet, but it seems as if the Cardinals will need to give Gresham an attractive offer to guarantee he will don a Cardinals jersey come the start of the season.