In an offseason where Cincinnati Bengals fans have had to watch the departures of Michael Johnson, Anthony Collins, and Andrew Hawkins, some good news comes in the form of Dane Sanzenbacher signing his restricted free agent tender, which was $1.4 million, though the exact deal could be different. Sanzenbacher is a well-liked player in Cincinnati, and though he didn’t see a lot of playing time in 2013, he’s become a bit of a fan favorite, garnering some attention in the preseason and on the HBO series “Hard Knocks”.
Sanzenbacher was signed as a rookie undrafted free agent by the Chicago Bears in 2011, and he had a nice season, recording 27 receptions, including three for touchdowns. Unfortunately, he career stalled after that and he hasn’t scored a regular season touchdown since. The Bengals signed him at the end of 2012, after the Bears released him. His hard play has kept him in Cincinnati despite his lack of time on the field.
Going into 2014, Sanzenbacher figures to compete for time in the slot and will almost certainly be expected to contribute to special teams. If he gets on the field, and especially if he makes a few plays, he’ll reward the team for giving him a chance, and make a lot of fans very happy.