Bengals May Sign Kevin Vickerson Next Week


Oct 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals are looking for help at defensive tackle and may find it in the form of veteran Kevin Vickerson.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Bengals will not sign Vickerson until at least next week due to contract guarantee stipulations.  Klis thinks highly of Vickerson calling him the “best defensive lineman” the Broncos had prior to his injury.  Vickerson isn’t known for pass-rushing, but certainly has the size to be an impact player against the run.  Vickerson has historically struggled with injuries and after dislocating his hip in 2013, the question marks around Vickerson’s ability to play a full season will loom large.  It’s because of this that the Bengals are waiting until next week to sign the veteran so they don’t have to guarantee his contract.

Vickerson will be a low-risk signing who could provide solid depth along the line.  Every time I see the Bengals signing a run-stuffer it makes me yearn for the day that the Bengals draft a pass-rushing tackle to put alongside Geno Atkins in the middle.  It would be purely a luxury signing as the team possesses several versatile linemen who play all over the line, but wouldn’t it be incredible to watch the interior of opposing lines completely collapse under the weight of Geno Atkins and an equally talented counterpart?  That may be a pipe dream, but a guy can dream right?