Gresham, Bengals OK contract

Published 1:43 am Tuesday, August 3, 2010

CINCINNATI — A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that first-round draft pick Jermaine Gresham has agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal with the tight end.

Gresham is expected to join the team for its afternoon practice in Georgetown, Ky., on Tuesday. The former Oklahoma star has missed eight practices, but still could win the starting job.

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The Bengals selected Gresham with the 21st pick expecting him to fill their biggest hole last season.

Last year, first-round pick Andre Smith missed the first three preseason games in a contract holdout. The offensive lineman then broke his foot two days later.