Three former players that should join the Bengals’ staff

Cincinnati Bengals, Willie Anderson (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
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Former players that should join the Bengals’ staff: Vincent Rey

Vincent Rey has yet to officially announce his retirement, but he hasn’t played since 2018, making a return to action unlikely.

After going undrafted, Rey carved out an impressive 9-year career with the Bengals. Appearing in 128 games, he accumulated nearly 500 tackles, 6 sacks, and 5 interceptions.

Beyond his accomplishments on the field, Rey is one of the smartest players to ever suit up in stripes. Just to give an indication of his intelligence, he attended the highly prestigious Duke University, a college that has roughly a 9% acceptance rate. If that kind of accomplishment doesn’t convince you, just listen to any interview with the accomplished linebacker. His knowledge and wisdom are apparent.

Outside of IQ, the versatility that Rey brings to the table is what puts him over the top. Throughout his career, he was leaned upon as a backup in some years and expected to be a starter in others. At times, he played all three linebacker positions. Still yet, he was expected to perform on special teams often. He could help out in any one of those areas.

The great thing about the 32-year-old is that you get the sense he could succeed in any area. Whether it be as a scout, an assistant, or something else, Rey will find a way to make whatever he’s apart of better, just as he did during his playing days.