The Bengals came to an agreement with their first round pick, Jermaine Gresham, today. Everybody knows that. It's been all over the news and Internet all day. What we don't know is who will be packing up their bags when Gresham signs his contract tomorrow. The roster is currently at 81 players, including Gresham, with 80 players signed. The Bengals will have to release somebody to make room for Gresham when he arrives in Georgetown tomorrow.
So, who's it going to be? The smart money says they release a tight end to make room for another tight end. You would think that means that they release the tight end lowest on the depth chart, but that may not be the case. The depth chart for tight ends looks a little like this:
TE: Jermaine Gresham, Reggie Kelly, Daniel Coats/Chase Coffman/Darius Hill/Clark Harris
So, does that mean the Bengals release Clark Harris? Nope, Harris is competing for the long snapper job right now and is currently first on the depth chart. How about Darius Hill? It could be but Hill has some promise, he's big and powerful and could be of use. He spent almost all of last season on the practice squad but he's got potential. Maybe it will be Dan Coats. Most people hope it will be Coats based on his performance last season, but remember, Coats can also play full back and may be worth keeping around if a full back gets hurt. We all know it won't be Chase Coffman or Reggie Kelly. Coffman has way too much potential to bail on him now and Kelly is way too important for the locker room and he'll help Gresham and Coffman out.
So, it looks like Darius Hill or Daniel Coats may be packing a bag and heading home tomorrow. Who do you think it will be?