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.
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.