A day after losing two of their own players to free agency in Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene, the Cincinnati Bengals turned on the "vacancy" sign and had four potential signees visit the team's offices yesterday. DE Kendall Langford, cornerbacks Aaron Ross and Tracy Porter and G Jacob Bell all arrived in the Queen City yesterday and will meet with Marvin Lewis today as Lewis was in Oregon yesterday at the Ducks' pro day.
The former Dolphin Langford is tops on the Bengals radar with the departures of Rucker and Fanene. He would compete immediately with Michael Johnson and Robert Geathers but can also slide inside to offer help for the tackles.
It's likely that the Bengals will seriously pursue either Ross or Porter. Both have Super Bowl pedigrees in New York and New Orleans respectively. Ross had four picks last season in helping the Giants win the Super Bowl. He stepped back into a starting role when Terrelle Thomas was lost for the season. Porter, who played collegiately at Indiana, has had some injury problems, but would also be a good complement to Leon Hall. Porter is best known for his game-clinching touchdown return of an interception against the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Signing either would likely mean Nate Clements would be moved over to safety.
Jacob Bell is a former Miami University standout who played in St. Louis last season. Bell wouldn't be a tremendous upgrade at guard, but with Mike McGlynn signing yesterday with Indianapolis, a replacement is needed there. Currently, second year player Clint Boling is the only player on the roster with any starting experience. Nate Livings and Bobbie Williams are both free agents and neither is likely to return.
On Monday, the Bengals will host two running backs, former Raider Michael Bush and former Patriot BenJarvus Green-Ellis. It's likely that one will leave Cincinnati with a contract.
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