The Cincinnati Bengals are set to lose tight end Jermaine Gresham once NFL free agency officially opens on Tuesday; but his replacement may already be lined up.
According to Geoff Hobson, the Bengals met with free agent Anthony Fasano on Monday. The nine-year veteran was on tap to make $2.8 million next season before the Chiefs cut him. He finished his two-year run in Kansas City with 48 catches for 426 yards and seven touchdowns over 26 games. Meanwhile, Travis Kelce became the No. 1 tight end in KC's offense.
Fasano, 30, has 109 starts over nine seasons with the Cowboys, Dolphins and Chiefs while catching 253 passes for 2,799 yards and 31 scores. He'd be a quality No. 2 TE behind Tyler Eifert. Though Fasano is known as a good blocking TE, he was a bad run-blocker this past season, registering a -10.5 grade via Pro Football Focus after grading out very well in every prior year.
The Bengals are going to want their No. 2 guy to be a good run-blocker, so if they think Fasano can replicate his pre-2014 form, don't be surprised to see him in stripes next year.