Former Bengals Back in Mix?

The rumor mill is churning up a few familiar names in connection with the Bengals: C Eric Ghiacuic, DT John Thornton and G Mike Goff.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Thornton return in a reserve role. When injuries pushed him out to defensive end last season, I thought he actually played rather well. In comments to a recent post on his blog, Thornton said he hoped to decide on where to play in ’09 by the end of this week.

On the other hand, Ghiacuic returning at center is a horrifying thought. The problem for Cincinnati, though, is simply that this free agent class never had much at center to pick from. So the Bengals might have little choice but to bring him back against the chance of more injuries at the position — both backup centers, Dan Santucci and Kyle Cook, ended up on injured reserve last season — or that whichever center they draft is a swing-and-a-miss.

Still: booooo!

As for Goff, whatever. He has reportedly played well for the Chargers, but my memories of Goff in Cincy years ago are all of him getting routinely blown off the line. Besides, the Bengals already have an aging RG in Bobbie Williams. What do they need another one for?

The Bengals are hosting Green Bay FB John Kuhn today. Last week, Viking restricted free agent (and one-time Bengals practice squadder) Naufahu Tahi came to town, but apparently left without an offer.

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  • G-Money

    What about Kalif Barnes? I think he was a pretty high pick coming out of college and hasn’t drawn much interest. Why is that? I think I’ve read he has had some off the field problems, but is he still a solid player that would buy us some time at RT? Just a thought

  • David

    Barnes’ close encounter with a tree doesn’t concern me half as much as his performance on the field. Check:

    His sacks allowed have gone up steadily every year he’s been in the league, as have his false starts and (with the exception of 2007) overall penalties. In other words, Barnes appears to have gotten steadily worse the longer he’s been in the league.

    Could that be reversed? Maybe, but I’d be reluctant to spend big bucks to find out and, at least in this point in free agency, he won’t come cheap.

  • David

    Orlando Pace, anyone?

    Even hurt he’s probably better than anything we have. There’s even precedent from back when the Bengals brought in Richmond Webb. There will probably be more interest in Pace, though.