Player News - Bengals

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Jake Fisher will begin the offseason as the Bengals' right tackle.

Fisher flopped in part-time duty at right tackle last season, but is getting another shot with Andrew Whitworth departed to the Rams. Cedric Ogbuehi is getting the first crack at blindside duties. Looming behind both is Andre Smith, whom the Bengals are stashing at guard for the time being.
Mar 28 - 5:24 PM

Cedric Ogbuehi is penciled in at left tackle for the Bengals.

The 2015 first-rounder has a been a colossal bust to this point in his career, but both coach Marvin Lewis and director of player personnel Duke Tobin insist they remain bullish on Ogbuehi's potential. RT Jake Fisher and G/T Andre Smith will be options on the blindside should Ogbuehi fail to replace Andrew Whitworth.
Mar 28 - 5:18 PM

The Bengals will use recently re-signed OT Andre Smith at guard.

The Bengals want to let Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher sink or swim at tackle. Smith hasn't played a single snap at guard in his eight-year career, but the Bengals have only 2016 fifth-rounder Christian Westerman at right guard. Smith received a $1.55 million signing bonus, so the Bengals are clearly serious about the experiment. Smith also provides valuable insurance at tackle.
Mar 28 - 5:13 PM

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website believes owner Mike Brown would consider trading A.J. McCarron to the Browns for the "right price."

Hobson hints the Bengals could send McCarron and their No. 9 overall pick to the Browns in exchange for picks 12 and 33. The Bengals, along with most teams outside of the top five, want to move down in the first round and accumulate more selections. McCarron is probably a distant Plan B for the Browns, as they figure to make at least one more run at Jimmy Garoppolo.
Source: bengals.com
Mar 27 - 10:33 AM

The Bengals want to get second-year LB Nick Vigil more snaps.

It's the second time the Bengals have talked up Vigil this offseason. Vigil had a nondescript rookie year, but is expected to enter OTAs as the strong-side starter. Vontaze Burfict and Kevin Minter will open the season in every-down roles.
Mar 25 - 4:06 PM

Bengals re-signed DE Wallace Gilberry.

Gilberry signed with the Bengals in November after being cut by Detroit a month earlier. The 32-year-old recorded 2.5 sacks over 266 snaps. He gives the Bengals some depth behind edge rushers Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson.
Mar 24 - 3:13 PM

Bengals re-signed RB Cedric Peerman to a one-year contract.

Peerman spent most of 2016 on injured reserve with a broken arm he suffered in the preseason. A standout on special teams, Peerman could get bigger look on offense following the departure of Rex Burkhead.
Mar 23 - 12:13 PM

ESPN's Katherine Terrell believes the "most likely scenario" is RCB Adam Jones remains with the Bengals this season.

Jones had a felony charge against him dropped Wednesday, but he still faces three misdemeanors and likely discipline from the league. The fact the Bengals have stuck by Jones this long suggests they will keep him another year, but that could change if he is suspended or 2016 first-rounder William Jackson III earns a starting job in camp. Cincinnati would save over $6.8 million against the cap by releasing Jones, who has two years left on his deal.
Source: ESPN
Mar 23 - 11:57 AM

Bengals RCB Adam Jones had felony charges of harassment with a bodily substance dropped on Wednesday.

Jones was arrested for spitting on a jailhouse nurse in January. He's not out of hot water yet, as Jones still faces misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and obstructing official business. Even entering his age-34 season, Jones remains an effective player.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 22 - 3:01 PM

Bengals signed ILB Kevin Minter to a one-year contract.

Minter gives the Bengals an every-down starter next to Vontaze Burfict. He played inside in Arizona and could bump MLB Rey Mauluga off the roster in Cincinnati. 26-year-old Minter was one of the top linebackers left in free agency.
Mar 18 - 6:00 PM

Bengals re-signed C T.J. Johnson to a two-year contract.

Before striking a new deal, Johnson had been tendered at the original-round level. Johnson played sparingly last season but should have a chance to replace Kevin Zeitler at right guard in 2017.
Mar 17 - 3:45 PM

Bengals signed RT Andre Smith, formerly of the Vikings, to a one-year, $3.25 million contract with a $1.55 million signing bonus.

Smith returns after one year in Minnesota, a campaign that saw his play continue to slip before he tore his triceps in Week 4. Smith turned 30 in the interim. He's still a needed addition for the Bengals, who have a questionable tackle trio of Jake Fisher, Cedric Ogbuehi, and Eric Winston. Smith won't be guaranteed a starting job, but it will be attainable. He's only a right-side option.
Mar 14 - 7:18 PM

The Bengals are open to re-signing free agent RB Cedric Peerman.

The Bengals let Rex Burkhead depart on Thursday, and now have an opening at their No. 3 running back spot. The Bengals seem all but guaranteed of drafting a runner, perhaps as early as Day 1. Peerman is primarily a special teamer.
Mar 14 - 5:31 PM

Free agent ILB Kevin Minter will visit the Bengals on Wednesday.

The ex-Jet visited Indianapolis on Monday. Minter is an average player, but has improved the past few seasons. He would get legitimate snaps in either Indianapolis or Cincinnati.
Mar 14 - 4:24 PM

Free agent OT Andre Smith will visit the Bengals.

The Bengals let Smith walk following the 2015 season. He signed with the Vikings, and was sent to injured reserve after four games with a torn triceps. Smith is on the wrong side of 30, but would provide needed depth with Andrew Whitworth now a Ram. Smith's play has fallen off in recent years. He has spent his entire career at right tackle.
Mar 13 - 5:58 PM


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