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Bengals choose Devin Asiasi over O.J. Howard

The Bengals will give the formerPatriots third-round pick a try.

Devin Asiasi #86 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 35-0. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Update: Change of plans! The Bengals have decided to sign TE Devin Asiasi instead of O.J. Howard, per Paul Dehner. It appears unlikely that they will sign both.

The Cincinnati Bengals will host and likely sign tight end O.J. Howard today, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Howard was the 19th overall pick out of Alabama in the 2017 draft, but never has lived up to his potential. He signed with the Bills this offseason, but was released despite a fairly hefty $3 million guaranteed.

The Bengals picked up tight end Hayden Hurst this offseason to replace C.J. Uzomah. Hurst will remain the No. 1 tight end, but there’s no harm in giving Howard a shot at a discount. Quarterback Joe Burrow has plenty of targets, so Howard would need to truly earn his opportunities. But, this is a good passing offense and there’s no reason to drop Howard in dynasty leagues yet.