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Cardinals Add Tight End Jermaine Gresham

Two-time Pro Bowler agrees to terms on one-year deal with training camp on horizon


Tight end Jermaine Gresham played his first five seasons with the Bengals

After garnering interest from several NFL teams over the past week, Jermaine Gresham has made a decision on his home for 2015.

The veteran tight end has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Cardinals, the team announced Friday. Gresham is a former first-round pick of the Bengals who adds depth to a tight end group which was previously light on experience.

Gresham, a two-time Pro Bowler, has averaged 56 catches and 54

4 yards per season during his five-year career with the Bengals. He would have signed somewhere earlier, but after reportedly coming close to a deal with the Raiders in March, a physical showed a herniated disc in his back. Gresham subsequently had surgery, with interest from multiple teams picking up in the past couple weeks as training camp approaches.

Gresham could be the receiving presence the Cardinals need following the unexpected retirement of John Carlson earlier in the offseason. Darren Fells and last year's second-round pick, Troy Niklas, are atop the depth chart, but both are block-first types. While both have promise, they have combined for only eight NFL catches.

Gresham played with current Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer as a rookie with the Bengals in 2010, catching 52 passes for 471 yards and four touchdowns.

General Manager Steve Keim has found success inking key veterans during this time of year, adding linebacker John Abraham and tackle Eric Winston days before training camp in 2013.

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