And just catching up on text messages, #bengals bringing back RB Bernard Scott on a one-year deal
— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) April 12, 2013
Scott, 5th year RB, most underused back in NFL his first 2 seasons. Nowcoming off ACL, he’ll probably be in battle with high draft pick
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) April 12, 2013
There are two likely reasons as to why the Bengals are bringing back the oft-injured Scott to compete for the backup running back spot next year:
1. They don’t believe this year’s class of rookie running backs are worthy of a draft pick, and are more confident with Scott than anyone they could draft.
2. They are signing Scott to a deal with no guaranteed money, and will attempt to draft a RB. They will then have Scott compete with the rookie, as well as Cedric Peerman for carries. In the event Scott shows he is durable enough to warrant a spot on the 53-man roster, they keep him and open the season with four backs (Ellis, Scott, Peerman, and a draft pick).
Hopefully it’s the latter, and they can cut Scott with no penalty if a rookie comes in and outperforms him.