Bengals re-sign Tanner Hudson

Tanner Hudson has been re-signed by the Cincinnati Bengals to a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2024 campaign, the organization announced on Friday.

Among the Bengals’ greatest feel-good stories from 2023 was Hudson’s. In 2018, Hudson signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being selected undrafted out of Southern Arkansas. He played the majority of the season on the practice squad until being added to the active roster for the last two games, though he did not see action in either match.

Hudson played in nine games (one start) after making the Buccaneers’ final roster for the 2019 campaign. He gained 26 yards by catching two passes on five targets.

Hudson would alternate between the main roster and the practice squad the next season, even participating in the Bucs’ victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. His total for the season was three receptions for forty-one yards on seven targets.

Hudson was a member of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad for the majority of the 2021 campaign.

After that, in 2022, Hudson signed with the New York Giants, where he played in 11 games and caught 10 receptions for 132 yards on 15 targets. After being waived in December, he went on with the practice squad of the Bengals and eventually signed a futures contract.

Hudson had a great training camp and appeared to be a lock to start for the Bengals in Week 1, but a preseason injury dashed his aspirations, and he started the season on the practice squad. After catching four passes for 48 yards in two games and receiving multiple gameday calls, he was added to the 53-man roster in advance of the team’s Week 9 clash against the Buffalo Bills.

At that point, Hudson became genuinely known throughout the globe. The next week, against Houston, he caught six passes for 33 yards after finishing the game with four grabs for 45 yards. Over the last ten games of the season, he ended up receiving 33 balls on 44 targets for 304 yards and one score.

Hudson will now contend for snaps in the Bengals tight end room next season with Drew Sample and the recently signed Mike Gesicki.

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