Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham will probably move into a new NFL home within the week and there are two known possibilities right now for where he'll land. The Cleveland Browns have a curious interest and the Oakland Raiders are also coming forward as contenders; the Raiders should be considered the leading candidate to acquire Gresham.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Raiders are "still trying to work toward" a deal by this Tuesday, when free agency launches -- though based on the negotiations and agreements that happened this weekend, the NFL might as well call "legal tampering" free agency lite.
Despite the antagonism that's been brewing between the Bengals and Gresham, there has been some fellowship that's been on display. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has said that if Gresham wants to stay, there is a place for him here. Gresham has also said that his heart is in Cincinnati. While these warm feelings are warm, this relationship has frozen like a lake in Alaska, following a December incident when Gresham decided to sit out against Cleveland with a toe injury -- the team believed that he should have played.
In the five years since selecting Gresham in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, the veteran tight end has compiled 280 receptions, 2,722 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns. Gresham was also named to the 2011 and 2012 Pro Bowls.