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.
TE Devin Asiasi caught the Bengals eyes over the last few days knowing he could be available. They got him. Zac Taylor says he does not anticipate another transaction at TE today. Looks like that might take the place of signing OJ Howard.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 31, 2022
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.