With NFL owners set to meet next week in Florida, the Cincinnati Bengals announced a few other moves that will strengthen the team on and off the field. The Bengals re-signed OT Anthony Collins, reached agreement with free agent DE Derrick Harvey and announced the hiring of two additional scouts.
Getting Anthony Collins back gives the Bengals tremendous depth at tackle behind Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith. Collins has been with the Bengals since 2008 when Cincinnati took him in the fourth round out of Kansas. He has been a reliable backup at both tackle positions and fared well as a spot starter, making 18 starts during his career. Collins tested the free agent market looking for a potential starting position but decided to return to the Bengals.
Derrick Harvey is a 6'5" 252 pound defensive end out of Florida. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Harvey eighth overall in 2008, one spot before the Bengals took LB Keith Rivers. Like Rivers, he's not quite lived up to his expectations to this point in his career.
Harvey showed up at the NFL Combine in 2008 overweight and then had a prolonged contract holdout prior to his rookie season in Jacksonville. He never really got going during his three years with the Jaguars and they placed him on waivers after the 2010 season. Harvey didn't start at all in Denver in 2011. The Bengals hope, like Adam Jones and Cedric Benson, Harvey can be another high draft pick who resurrects his career in Cincinnati. Harvey will have a chance to compete for the situational playing time vacated by the loss of Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene.
The Bengals also announced the hiring of two full-time scouts. Steven Radicevic, the former director of football operations at UCLA, had been previously reported as joining the Bengals as a West Coast scout, but today was formally introduced along with Robert Livingston. Livingston was an assistant coach with Vanderbilt.
Bengals 101 discussed this major shift in philosophy back when the Radicevic news was first reported, The Bengals have notoriously skimped on their scouting department. These hires represent a major move in a positive direction.
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