Tuesday Reads: Bengals Ink Three


The Bengals finally got cracking on their 10 draft picks, reaching agreements with 5th round DT Jason Shirley, 6th round TE Matt Sherry and 7th round WR Mario Urrutia. Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson reports they may have begun to dance with 1st round LB Keith Rivers as well.

4 p.m. today is the deadline for reaching a deal with franchise player G/T Stacy Andrews. Nothing appears imminent, so it looks like Andrews will play 2008 under the $7.455 million franchise designation. The Bengal Blitz is disappointed. I would have rather had Andrews in the fold long-term as well, but I disagree with Chris when he says:

"In the end, the biggest problem with not getting a deal done is it limits the team’s ability to sign its pending free agents (TJ being the biggest name)."

Franchising Stacy didn’t stop them from spending on DT Domata Peko or opening discussions on an extension with OT Andrew Whitworth. As to WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, it seems pretty clear that that there is a strong disinterest in doing a deal on one — or perhaps both — sides.

Bengals.com finally catches up with Bjork.

Doc weighs in on Brett Favre. The Chickster thinks Favre’s best potential landing spot is Seattle.