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John Thornton | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (41) / 10/2/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 297
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (52) / TEN

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Free agent DT John Thornton revealed that he backed out of an offer to join the Lions this offseason.
Thornton, 32, said he would have had to gain 20 pounds to play defensive tackle in his former coordinator Jim Schwartz's scheme. A blogger of some renown, Thornton will have a productive career in the media if his playing days are over. Mon, Jul 13, 2009 08:34:00 AM

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The Bengals reportedly have not ruled out re-signing free agent John Thornton.

The free agent defensive tackle had injury issues in 2008, but the Bengals just brought in Tank Johnson for a visit, so clearly things are getting a little desperate.
Sat, Apr 4, 2009 09:43:00 AM

Free agent DT John Thornton is doubtful to return to the Bengals in 2009.

The 32-year-old has reached the stage where his leadership is more valuable than his play on the field. The Bengals want more aggressive pass rushers on the line and will look to upgrade in the draft.
Wed, Feb 18, 2009 09:39:00 AM

In addition to Carson Palmer, the Bengals declared DT John Thornton, K Shayne Graham, S Dexter Jackson, LB Corey Mays, WRs Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell, and rookie DT Jason Shirley inactive for Week 6.

Thornton's loss hurts against the run; as if the Bengals needed any more losses there. Young journeyman Orien Harris starts next to Domata Peko. Chinedum Ndukwe appears locked in as Cincinnati's strong safety with Jackson down.
Sun, Oct 12, 2008 11:54:00 AM

Bengals DT John Thornton (knee) is doubtful for Week 13.

He got hurt during pre-game warmups Sunday. Shaun Smith and rookie Domata Peko are next in line for snaps. Linebacker Brian Simmons (neck) and cornerback Deltha O'Neal (shoulder) are questionable.
Mon, Nov 27, 2006 04:28:00 PM

Bengals DT John Thornton is not expected to be a June first salary cap cut.

Thornton may lose his starting job this season, but should still be part of a rotation with Sam Adams and Bryan Robinson.
Mon, May 29, 2006 10:00:00 AM