The Cincinnati Bengals freed up approximately two million dollars in cap room earlier today by releasing veteran center Kyle Cook. The 30-year-old offensive lineman was brought to Cincinnati in 2008 as an undrafted free agent and has started 66 games in the middle of the line since 2009.
Many fans, and likely the team, became dissatisfied with Cook’s play as the starter. Many people wanted to see Trevor Robinson get more time in 2013 after he had some solid playing time when Cook was injured during the 2012 season. However, Cook started all 16 games last year, though his play was mostly lackluster. Pressure up the middle was a problem for quarterback Andy Dalton and it showed in some big moments. The Bengals appear to be ready to shuffle things going into the 2014 year.
Cook will move on from Cincinnati, though he might have trouble finding another starting job. He is a savvy player, but struggles with quickness up front. He was often given fits by defensive stunts and defensive tackles who were fast off the snap. He should have no trouble finding a home as a solid backup who can give a team depth and some spots in case of injury. The Bengals will likely allow Robinson, Mike Pollack, and possibly a draft pick battle it out at center this season.