Bengals Banter: Staying In-House for Free Agency, & no Frostee Reunion

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October 9, 2011; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars against the Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson (20) and defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) celebrate as time runs out in the fourth quarter of the game at EverBank Field. The Bengals beat the Jaguars 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Cleveland Browns have released former Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker, who signed a 5-year,  $20.5 million deal last offseason, but Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com doesn’t believe the Bengals will look to bring him back to Cincinnati:

Old friend Frostee Rucker isn’t on the radar at the moment. The defensive ends that the Bengals are eyeballing in free agency, I Think I Believe, are Michael Johnson, Robert Geathers and Wallace Gilberry. If Johnson and Geathers get done, which look to be the team’s first priority before free agency starts in a month, there isn’t a lot of room left on the depth chart.

 

He also speculates that the Bengals won’t look to go outside the organization to sign free agents, and will instead look to resign their own:

It isn’t just Rucker that isn’t on Cincinnati’s radar. The league’s cap casualties are already piling up like cordwood and the pundits are already trying to match up potential free agents like Reggie Bush and Mike Wallace with the Bengals.

But from all indications, the Bengals have eyes for only a handful of free agents and free agents-to-be. And they’re all on their own roster.

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