Eagles Sign TE C.J. Uzomah

C.J. Uzomah will land in an intriguing spot. Released by the Jets earlier this offseason, Uzomah will move to a darker shade of green — save for throwback occasions. He is expected to sign with the Eagles, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report.

The veteran tight end visited the Eagles on Thursday and passed a physical. He is expected to sign a one-year deal to join the Eagles. After seven seasons in Cincinnati, Uzomah could not live up to his contract in New York. Then again, Jets pass catchers have not enjoyed too much to work with in recent years. This deal is now official.

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Now 31, Uzomah will not have a path to the starting tight end role in Philly. Dallas Goedert remains one of the NFL’s best all-around tight ends. While injury trouble has interrupted Goedert over the past two seasons, he is still tied to a through-2025 contract. The Eagles did not carry much TE depth behind their starter last season; Uzomah would stand to provide more help in a TE2 role. He is poised to replace Jack Stoll, who signed with the Giants last month.

The Bengals rostered Uzomah as a Tyler Eifert backup to start his career, with Tyler Kroft also on that depth chart at the time. Gradually working his way into playing time (due to frequent Eifert injuries), Uzomah posted two 400-plus-yard receiving seasons. He delivered his best slate in 2021, helping the Bengals to their first Super Bowl in 33 years. Uzomah caught 49 passes for 493 yards and five touchdowns.

That season certainly featured prime circumstances for the former fifth-round pick, with Joe Burrow throwing him passes and the Bengals rolling out a Ja’Marr ChaseTee HigginsTyler Boyd trio for the first time. Uzomah tallied back-to-back 60-plus-yard playoff performances — against the Raiders and Titans — before suffering an MCL sprain in the AFC championship game. While Uzomah returned for Super Bowl LVI, he caught two passes for 11 yards.

With the Jets, the 6-foot-5 pass catcher’s numbers cratered. The Jets gave Uzomah a three-year, $24MM deal ($15MM fully guaranteed) in 2022 but did not see him flash much of his Bengals form. Uzomah totaled just 290 receiving yards as a Jet, losing time to fellow free agent pickup Tyler Conklin. As the Zach Wilson era wound down in New York, Uzomah finished the season on IR. He sustained damage to his MCL and meniscus and a plateau fracture of his tibia early into a Week 12 loss to the Falcons.

Uzomah, who also has an Achilles tear on his medical sheet (from 2020), provides value in the run game as well. In his 240-snap season, Uzomah graded fourth among tight ends in run blocking (per Pro Football Focus) last season. After helping Joe Mixon in Cincinnati as well, Uzomah — provided he completes his latest rehab effort — stands to see time helping Saquon Barkley find running room for an Eagles team that has deployed one of the NFL’s top rushing attacks for years.

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