North grad C.J. Uzomah stays connected to Suwanee during fourth NFL season

Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah (87) celebrates with offensive tackle Bobby Hart (68) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter as Carolina Panthers defensive back Colin Jones (42) looks on at Bank of America Stadium. (Photo: Bob Donnan-USA Today Sports)

North Gwinnett graduate C.J. Uzomah has agreed to return to the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and

The tight end’s deal is reportedly for three years and $18 million.

Uzomah started 15 games last season for the Bengals, taking over the No. 1 role when Tyler Eifert suffered a season-ending injury in September. He posted career highs of 43 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns in his most productive NFL season since Cincinnati made him a fifth-round draft pick out of Auburn in 2015.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder was primarily a high school quarterback and part-time wide receiver. He converted to a tight end role at Auburn and became a weapon in the passing game, and has improved his blocking ability since reaching the NFL.