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Report: Jermaine Gresham, Cardinals reach four-year extension

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a deal with tight end Jermaine Gresham.

As the NFL's legal tampering window opened Tuesday morning, all of the chatter surrounding the Arizona Cardinals focused on which free agents the team might lose in the coming days.

But by Tuesday afternoon, the Cardinals flipped the script, as the team reportedly reached a four-year contract extension with tight end Jermaine Gresham. News of the extension was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 2016 season was Gresham's second with the Cardinals after the team signed him to a one-year contract extension last offseason. Arizona initially signed Gresham prior to the start of training camp in 2015 when the franchise inked him to a one-year contract following Gresham's departure from the Cincinnati Bengals.

The former first round draft pick out of Oklahoma is entering his eighth season at the NFL level and has recorded 335 receptions for 3,336 yards and 27 touchdowns. Gresham's best seasons as a receiving threat came during the first six years of his career with the Bengals, when he nabbed at least 46 receptions and over 450 yards each year.

Since joining the Cardinals, though, Gresham's role has changed as Arizona head coach Bruce Arians has called on Gresham to serve primarily as a blocker. In two seasons with Arizona, Gresham has posted a combined 55 catches and has just three touchdown grabs. 

Nevertheless, re-signing Gresham was an important initiative for the Cardinals this offseason because of the stability he has brought to the franchise in a blocking capacity. 

With Gresham now under contract, Arizona now has three tight ends under contract for the 2017 season, as Gresham joins Troy Niklas and Hakeem Valles. Tight end Darren Fells is a restricted free agent.

Terms of Gresham's contract had not been disclosed as of early Tuesday afternoon. 


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