Tight end O.J. Howard is visiting Bengals


Close end The time O.J. Howard spends on the open market won’t last very long. Howard is seeing the Cincinnati Bengals today, according to a source with knowledge of the matter, who told NFL Network Insider on Wednesday morning. If all goes according to plan during the physical, Howard is anticipated to sign a contract. Howard was released by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday after just five months with the team. Despite giving the former first-round selection a $3.2 million offseason guarantee, the Bills chose to release him. In 78 exhibition snaps, Howard only caught three passes on four targets with a touchdown, giving the impression that he was sluggish. When healthy, the former first-round choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers possesses an alluring mix of pass-catching abilities. Unfortunately, he was rarely able to play for an entire season during his five seasons in Tampa. In his five years with the Bucs, Howard recorded 119 catches for 1,737 yards and 15 touchdowns. Howard will be a valuable boost to the offense if he is able to stay healthy.