Bengals All-Time Lists

6 oldest NFL players to ever wear a Bengals uniform

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3. Coy Bacon, DE/DT (35.110 at the end of 1977 season)

In 1976, Coy Bacon was sent to the Cincinnati Bengals in a trade. The Bengals parted with Charles Joiner — a trade that’s considered to be one of their worst of all-time — and received Bacon in return.

Bacon was already nine years into his career at the time of the trade, so it wasn’t hard for him to propel his way into the oldest Bengals ever category from Day 1. He might have only played for the stripes for two seasons but in his final game with them on Dec. 18, 1977, he was 35 years and 110 days old, giving him the honor for third-oldest Bengal ever.

While Bacon is mostly known for being the guy Cincinnati traded a future Hall of Famer for, he wasn’t a bad player for them by any means. He made it to the Pro Bowl both years and had 21.5 sacks in the 1976 season. While not as impressive, notched 5.5 sacks in what ended up being his final year as a Bengal in 1977.

Bacon finished out his career in Washington and hung up his cleats after the 1981 season finished up. He’s different from the rest of the guys on this list because he wasn’t drafted by the Bengals and only played for them for two seasons but he’s still the third-oldest player to ever wear a Bengals uniform.

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