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NFL free agency 2015: Bengals, TE Jermaine Gresham likely to part ways

The former first round pick may be shopping for a new team in 2015, per a Cincinnati Enquirer report.

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The Bengals haven't gotten much from tight end Jermaine Gresham.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the team may be prepared to move on from the pending free agent.

Paul Dehner Jr.'s write-up wasn't kind.

Jermaine Gresham is all talent, no trust. His inability to play through injury and continued mistakes with fumbles and penalties make for a good possibility that he and the team part ways.

The Bengals have a strong blocking tight end in Ryan Hewitt, and the assumed return of Tyler Eifert makes Gresham more than expendable.

The Steelers have two pending free agent tight ends of their own in back-ups Matt Spaeth and Michael Palmer. The development of second-year TE Rob Blanchflower is intriguing, after the 2014 seventh-round pick spent the 2014 season on the team's practice squad.

The Steelers would gain some athleticism in Gresham over Spaeth, but would lose a bit in terms of blocking. That athleticism may be enough to get Gresham more on the open market than Spaeth, taking away a hypothetical suitor for a reliable tight end.

Spaeth returned to Pittsburgh after he wasn't retained in 2011, only to return to Pittsburgh in 2013. He was a key contributor to the Steelers this past season after missing nearly all of 2013 with a foot injury.