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Cincinnati Bengals’ Manny Lawson Will Return in 2012

March 28th, 2012 at 10:27 AM
By Chuck Chapman

Cincinnati Bengals' linebacker Thomas Howard reported via his Twitter account late last night that his teammate and fellow linebacker Manny Lawson would be returning to the Bengals.

Lawson signed a one year deal with the Bengals last off season and started at outside linebacker. His 52 tackles and one and a half sacks were a career low for Lawson when he played 16 games. It's fair to say that both he and the Bengals were disappointed in his production as the team did not tender an offer and allowed him to explore options with other teams.

It would appear from Howard's Tweet that the Bengals and Lawson have reached an agreement. No announcement has been forthcoming from the team, although Bengals' front office personnel are still in Florida for the NFL owners' meetings.

Assuming Howard's report is accurate, Lawson will have to compete with Dan Skuta and second year player Dontay Moch, who is returning from injury, to retain his starting position.

Lawson's signing means that, assuming Leon Hall returns from his injury, Mike Zimmer's tenth ranked defense will return all 11 starters from a year ago.

Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Manny Lawson, NFL, Thomas Howard

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