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Former Alabama TE O.J. Howard visiting Cincinnati Bengals, expected to sign with them

Bills TE O.J. Howard (#8) with a catch and run in NFL Preseason game against Denver Broncos in 2022
Shawn Dowd - Democrat and Chronicle

It came as a shock to people to see the Buffalo Bills release O.J. Howard after having him for five months.

As a former Alabama tight end, Howard got selected at No. 19 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. He played 59 career games — including 46 starts — across five seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2015 College Football Playoff National Champion caught 119 passes for 1,737 yards and 15 touchdowns. Howard had a career-high six touchdowns as a rookie in 2017.

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He suffered a torn Achilles in 2020, limiting him to four games. Howard still captured a Super Bowl ring that year for the Buccaneers and played in a career-high 17 games in 2021. He signed a one-year contract with the Bills on March 26 as a free agent, but Howard may have a new NFL home. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network said the talented tight end is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals. Howard expects to sign with the AFC North team if everything goes well.

He came to the University of Alabama as a five-star in the 2013 class.

Howard was a three-time Southeastern Conference Champion (2014-16), but his best season came in 2015. He caught 38 passes for 602 yards and two touchdowns. Howard dominated Clemson in the 2016 CFP National Championship Game with a career-high 206 yards and two touchdowns. He earned Offensive Most Valuable Player and pushed Alabama to a 45-40 victory.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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