The $18 million deal was first reported by Network.

Uzomah was one of several signings the Bengals worked out on the first day of the ’s open bargaining window. The Bengals will also re sign directly tackle Bobby Hart, who is expected to sign that a three-year deal worth $21 million, according to ’s Adam Schefter.

Uzomah, a 2015 fifth-round draft choice out of Auburn, started 15 matches for Cincinnati in 2013. He became the primary tight end after Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft went down with injuries. Eifert, who broke his arm last September, is still a free agent, while Kroft is expected to sign a deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Uzomah had a career-best 43 receptions for 439 yards and three touchdowns in 2018. He played 16 games even despite injuring his shoulder while in the second game of this summer season. He had been essentially the only healthy tight end because of a rash of accidents in the spot.

Hart signed a one-piece deal with all the Bengals last season after spending the first few decades of his career with the New York Giants. He had been published by the Giants on Feb. 9, 2018, after an ugly end into his stint there. Hart was accused of needing to play with in the last game of this summer season, a claim he denied after enrolling with the Bengals that a few days later.