Bengals Continue to Re-vamp Roster
There’s a famous motivational poster that puts people into three distinct categories; those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what in the world happened. The Cincinnati Bengals have been called foolish before as they often watched other teams pull the trigger on deals to improve while they sat idly by and wondered why good fortune never seemed to fall into their lap. One would hope that the off season following an abysmal 4-11-1 debacle would be filled with moves to propel the team off the mat and upward to success. The movers and shakers in the organization have done plenty to work in that direction as they have taken major strides to remake the roster of the 2008-2009 squad. While some fans have been critical at the absence of a “big splash”, there is no doubt that the wheels are turning and things are indeed happening.
Jungle Trails – Cincinnati Bengals News and Notes
There can be only one…Bengals sign Roy Williams. He can once again be the only Roy Williams on his team. The former Dallas Cowboys safety is a five time Pro-Bowler who flourished in current Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s system. A hard hitter and a character guy, he looks forward to being reunited with Zimmer and being “more involved in the defense here, from my understanding…The last couple of years, I wasn't utilized to the best of my abilities (but) I'm a team player. Whatever I'm told to do, I'll do.” He’s already being recognized as a leader in the locker room and is on record as being very happy to be in Cincinnati, we quite simply can’t get enough of guys with that attitude.
You Say Goodbye…We Say Hello… So long to offensive lineman Levi Jones. ESPN mocked the Bengals for taking him in the 2002 draft and labeled him a “reach” at the tenth spot, he carved out a solid career which included being tagged as the Bengals franchise player one year. He has been riddled with injuries and became expendable with the drafting of Andre Smith from Alabama. Jones was a part of an outstanding line with Willie Anderson, Eric Steinbach and Rich Braham, but was well known for his run-ins with coaches, lining up out of position and knees breaking down like the American economy of late. Oft- injured running back Chris Perry was also waived. Perry offered the ultimate “change of pace” as he could cut on a dime and catch the ball out of the backfield and break loose for long gains. He however could never get on the field for any prolonged length of time as he played only 35 games over a 5 year period which included missing the entire 2007 campaign due to injury. Good luck to both men as they pursue other opportunities.
Once every eighteen years…The Bengals have made a player for player trade…now you youngsters may not recall the last time this happened here…even some of you old timers may be at a loss…The Rams traded running back Brain Leonard for Bengals’ backup defensive lineman Orien Harris. Leonard seems to be a lock to fill the backup running back position. Welcome to town. The last player for player deal turned by the Bengals? How about the 1990 trade that sent linebacker Joe Kelly to the Jets for wide receiver Reggie Rembert? You had it right on the tip of your tounge didn’t you?
Pastry Anyone? How about a TURNOVER? … As the first voluntary workout roared to life, 40 of the 86 players on the roster were not on the roster as the clock wound to zeros to turn the lights out on the 2008-2009 season…And the off season isn’t over yet.
Call them “Special” for a reason… Kicker Shayne “Golden” Graham signed his one year tender offer after being tagged as the Bengals franchise player. One of football’s most accurate field goal kickers is joined by hometown favorite and NCAA stalwart in punter Kevin Huber. Best tandem we’ve seen in years?
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Written by Daryl Miller
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