Jan 07, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott (28) rushes during the third quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Bring Back Bernard Scott on 1-Year Deal, Signaling Doubt in Rookie Backs


 

 

 

 

 

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.

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