It looks like Jermaine Gresham has finally found a new home.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the former Bengals tight end is joining the Arizona Cardinals:
Cardinals and former Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham reached agreement on one-year deal, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2015
Coming into this offseason, it didn't look as though the Bengals wanted him back, and it looked like he might have found a new team not long after free agency began. Following a lengthy visit with the Oakland Raiders, the veteran tight end was revealed to have a back issue that required surgery. That effectively killed his market until the past month.
Gresham has visited with the Saints, Raiders, Cardinals, and Packers over the past month, and it was Arizona and former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer who got him.
The former first-round pick out of Oklahoma completed his fifth NFL season in 2014 while averaging 56 receptions with 544 yards receiving per season to go with 24 combined touchdowns. However, Gresham's numbers took a slight dip to 62 catches for 460 yards and five scores in '14.
Give Gresham credit. There's several areas of his game that have improved significantly during his time in Cincinnati. During his first three seasons, Gresham dropped 22 passes. The last two seasons (since 2013), Gresham dropped only four of 108 catchable passes, and only one came this past season
Still, reports then emerged in January that "there are many coaches within the building who want zero do with Gresham at this point," most of which stemmed from immaturity issues and sudden questions of unreliability.
It was a foregone conclusion Gresham would not be a Bengal in 2015 and now, the next time the team will see him will be in Arizona when the Bengals play the Cardinals in Week 11.