Just in time for HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the Cincinnati Bengals have signed every member of their 2013 draft class.
Tight end Tyler Eifert, the team’s first-round pick out of Notre Dame and the 21st pick overall, signed a four-year deal reported to be worth $8.256 million Monday, 11 days before training camp begins in Cincinnati.
Eifert is the 10th Bengals draft selection to sign. Thirteen of the 32 first-round picks have been signed.
“We’ve said all along that we expected Tyler’s deal to get done in good time, but it’s great to now have all our signings complete,” head coach Marvin Lewis said. “All 10 guys can help us by getting off to fast starts, and we are looking for Tyler to lead that. He’s shown us everything we wanted to see in our offseason work.”
The Bengals now have two first-round picks at tight end on the roster. Jermaine Gresham, who had 64 receptions last season, was a first-round pick in 2010.
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Eifert is Notre Dame’s all-time leader in receptions by a tight end (140). Last season he won the John Mackey Award, given annually to the top tight end in college football.
With Eifert, the Bengals have five tight ends on the roster: Richard Quinn, who played in one game last season for the Redskins; nine-year veteran Alex Smith, who signed as a free agent in the offseason; Bryce Davis, whose main position is long-snapper; and Gresham and Eifert.
Dunlap deal: Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reported the Bengals will probably announce a contract extension for defensive end Carlos Dunlap today. It’s reportedly a six-year deal worth $40 million.