Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Draft Buzz:

- from FOXSports.com

The signing of DT Bryan Robinson and SS Anthony Mitchell in free agency strengthens two weak areas on defense and opens up numerous possibilities. The biggest question is if they reward new defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan with a defensive lineman, a linebacker or a defensive back and wait until the second round to get a WR, or do they grab a speed receiver at No. 17. If DT Travis Johnson, DE Shawne Merriman, SS Thomas Davis and CB Antrelle Rolle are off the board, the club could take the offensive because QB Carson Palmer needs another weapon. Don't be surprised if the team trades down and fills a need by picking TE Heath Miller.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Anthony Mitchell

Anthony Mitchell has come to another one-year agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals. The team came to a deal with Mitchell last Tuesday. The Bengals, on top of this, have cut one of their veteran safeties Rogers Beckett.

"We'll see how it goes this year, and see if he can get a long-term (deal) next year, hopefully with the Bengals."
- Mitchell's agent, George Mavrikes

Mitchell began his career being a grad from Tuskegee University. He was a first-round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he was waived and ended up with Baltimore. Mitchell wasn’t able to make a solid year in free agency status. He spent 3 seasons with Baltimore before moving to Cincinnati.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Rudi Johnson’s Contract

After making a name for himself in the Bengals, Rudi Johnson is ready to create a dynasty. Just recently he signed on for a five-year, $26 million contract.

“Of all the recent running back deals, Rudi’s got the best opportunity to earn every penny of his contract. He’s not going to be a cap issue. He’s not going to be a cap casualty. His odds are so much greater of any running back that has come down to see the whole contract. He won’t have to take a cut like Marshall Faulk took this year, or be a cap casualty like Garrison Hearst in San Francisco last year.”
- Peter Schaffer

This contract doesn’t seem to be all too classy to others that have been given such as that of running back Lamont Jordan of the Oakland Raiders. But, Johnson is very likely to get all the money he’s got coming to him and not become a cap casualty. The last year of his contract, he counts for only $4.8 million against the cap.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Hard Truth

-from FOXSports.com

There's a hole in the secondary at strong safety and the club needs a rugged enforcer to fill the void. Rogers Beckett's future is in doubt because of the series of concussions he endured in 2004. Kim Herring battled ankle problems and struggled staying healthy. He's a steady, reliable big hitter that's needed to shore up the run defense. The AFC North is loaded with big backs such as Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis, Baltimore's Jamal Lewis and Cleveland's Lee Suggs. The Bengals need the kind of strong safety who can cover, but most importantly, hold up as an eighth defender "in the box" near the line of scrimmage and get those big backs on the ground. That's why the club is drooling over Georgia SS Thomas Davis. He's an aggressive defender and nasty hitter who won't allow yards after contact.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Leading Stats for Last Season:

Carson Palmer 60.9 pct. / 2897 Yds / 18 TDs / 18 INTs

Rudi Johnson 361 ATT / 1454 Yds / 4.0 Avg / 12 TD

Chad Johnson 95 REC / 1274 Yds / 13.4 Avg / 9 TD