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Cincinnati Bengals first round draft pick Tyler Eifert with head coach Marvin Lewis in April.

Eifert signs with Bengals

Tyler Eifert signed a four-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced on its website today.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end completes the Bengals' draft class 11 days before the start of training camp. Cincinnati select Eifert in the first round of the NFL draft with the No. 21 overall selection.

The former Bishop Dwenger and Notre Dame star is the reigning John Mackey Award winner, which is given annually to the top tight end in college football.

Eifert finished his Notre Dame career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (140) and receiving yard (1,840) by a tight end.

The Bengals will have the right to tender Eifert to a fifth year of the contract if they choose under the collective bargaining agreement.

The deal is expected to be worth $8.256 million, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Eifert was the last of Cincinnati's 10 draft picks to sign. The team opens training camp July 26.

"I don't think there was ever any worry that we wouldn't get it done before training camp," Eifert said during a teleconference.

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The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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