The 27-year-old caught 96 passes in his first three seasons, including back-to-back 400-plus-yard years in 2012-2013. However, not a mesh with Bruce Arians' system, Housler saw his opportunities fall off a cliff in 2014 -- nine catches for 129 yards.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Housler is a catch-first tight end and could be a good bargain at this stage of free agency for a team in need of depth at the position. Given his size and athleticism, the pass-catcher could turn into gold in the right scheme.
Housler would slide in as a No. 2 tight end in Cincinnati behind Tyler Eifert, who is coming of elbow and shoulder surgeries.
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