In Bengals news, the team re-signed linebacker Joe Bachie and cornerback Jalen Davis ahead of free agency. Both players were restricted free agents. Also, former Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has a new gig!
Bachie joined the team in the summer of 2021 and has played solid special teams since his arrival. When he's been called upon to play defense in games, he's done pretty well so this is a move that made perfect sense.
As for Davis, he appeared in 13 games and was also mostly a special teamer. He was leaned on more when the Bengals had injuries to their secondary and finished the season with an overall PFF grade of 60.4.
Johnson is taking his talents to the college level, as he's been hired by Florida A&M as their Athletics Consultant. He's been a long-time fan of the Rattlers and now can help them succeed.
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Bengals re-sign LB Joe Bachie and CB Jalen Davis [Chris Roling, Bengals Wire]
"It was long expected the Bengals would bring both guys back, as Bachie is important depth at linebacker with Germaine Pratt a free agent. Davis is an important piece at a position the Bengals lack serious depth and the two-year contract only confirms the team’s understanding of the issue."- From Roling's article
Florida A&M hires former NFL WR Chad Johnson as program ambassador, consultant [Scooby Axson, USA Today]
""Anyone familiar with Chad knows that he has always been a great ambassador for FAMU," FAMU vice president and director of athletics Tiffani-Dawn Sykes said in a statement. "It's time to make it official. I am happy that we could reach an agreement to formalize his role with the university.""- From Axson's article
Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson, who 'fell in love with FAMU' decades ago, now on Rattlers staff [Gerald Thomas III, Tallahassee Democrat]
""I fell in love with FAMU after attending my first (Florida) Classic in 1984 with my grandma, and the rest is history," Johnson said in a released statement."- From Thomas' article
The Bengals are going to have to make some difficult decisions this offseason but these two decisions in the aforementioned article will be amongst the "easier" decisions. Money can be saved with these two moves as well.