The Bengals have brought back running back Bernard Scott on a one-year deal, and according to Joe Reedy, it’s worth a base salary of $715,000 and cap number of $791,250.
For a back that’s averaged 4.6 yards on his first 135 NFL carries, that’s a pretty good deal, despite tearing his ACL last year. IF he doesn’t perform well in training camp, or a rookie (maybe Giovani Bernard) outperforms him, it won’t be costly for the Bengals to waive him.
If he heals and is 100% by the start of training camp, he could be the change-of-pace back the Bengals have sought after but have been unable to find over the past few seasons. Scott has already said he believes he’ll be back to normal in 2013, and he’s using Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s epic 2,000-yard season coming off of a torn ACL and MCL has inspired Scott:
My doctor says I’m ahead of schedule and I’ve had no setbacks with swelling or anything like that. I’m already back to running and cutting. I feel like the way my rehab is going, I feel like, yeah, I can get back to being the old Bernard. Even better. I use that and all kinds of things to motivate me. You see other guys do it. They come back even stronger and I think I can do that.
The Bengals have also announced their preseason home opener will be against the Tennessee Titans on August 17th.