Bengals to Re-Sign TE Reggie Kelly

Veteran tight end Reggie Kelly will re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, the team announced this morning.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

A second-round pick (42nd overall) out of Mississippi State by the Atlanta Falcons in 1999, the 33-year old Kelly has caught 184 passes for 1,718 yards and 5 touchdowns during his 11-year career in the National Football league.

After catching 69 passes for 790 yards and 2 touchdowns in 62 games (47 starts) for the Falcons, Kelly signed a four-year, $6.6 million dollar contract with the Bengals in 2003. Kelly has started 87 of his 90 games in Cincinnati, catching 115 passes for 928 yards and 3 touchdowns. Kelly matched his career-high for receptions in 2008 with 31, but ruptured his Achilles' tendon during last year's training camp and spent the entire season on injured reserve.

Kelly worked out for the Bengals last month, and showed that his Achilles' was 100%.

The Bengals used their first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft on Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, and have 2009 third-round pick Chase Coffman on the roster, as well. Kelly is a solid blocker in the running game, a respected voice in the Bengals' locker room, and will be an excellent role model and mentor to Gresham and Coffman.

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