It’s hard to imagine that Tyler Eifert isn’t leading the Notre Dame graduating class of 2013 in beginning salary as of today.
The former Fighting Irish tight end reportedly signed his initial contract with the Cincinnati Bengals and terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Eifert signed a four-year deal worth $8.256 million.
"We've said all along that we expected Tyler's deal to get done in good time, but it's great to now have all our signings complete," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "All 10 (draft picks) can help us by getting off to fast starts, and we are looking for Tyler to lead that. He's shown us everything we wanted to see in our offseason work."
Pro Football Talk reported that Eifert and the club actually agreed to terms earlier this month. However, after agreeing to three years of guaranteed salary, the two sides negotiated an agreement concerning a split in the fourth year between a guaranteed base salary of $765,409 and an early roster bonus in the same amount.
The Bengals will hold a club option for Eifert’s fifth season.
The Bishop Dwenger High School graduate was selected with the 21st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft after a record-setting (he caught a school record 140 passes as a tight end) career at Notre Dame. Eifert earned the John Mackey Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top college tight end.
Eifert has already demonstrated his pass-catching skills for the Bengal coaches in spring sessions.
"I don't know how much it goes into OTAs as far as the coaching decisions and how similar they are to the regular season will," Eifert told NFL.com. "But if it's any indication, I took a lot of reps. We ran a lot of two tight-end formations. As far as I know, I think I'll be able to get on the field and contribute here."