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Cincinnati Bengals Sign Former Miami University Standout

April 7th, 2012 at 11:54 AM
By Chuck Chapman

The Bengals continued to reconstruct their interior offensive line, signing former Miami Redhawk guard, Jacob Bell

Bell was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round of the 2004 draft. He played four seasons in Nashville, making 46 starts. He moved on to St. Louis in 2008 and started all 54 of his games as a member of the Rams.

Bell's deal is only for one year as he is headed into his ninth NFL season and has shown some signs of wearing down. He missed the final four games of last season, including a game against Cincinnati, with a sprained knee. His sacks allowed have increased dramatically as his career has gone on. He's allowed 55 sacks in his career. 

Most likely, with the Travelle Wharton signing, Bell will compete for a backup spot in camp. The Bengals are still likely to take a guard, either Stanford's David DeCastro or Georgia's Cordy Glenn with one of their first round picks. The team also held a workout for Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler. Another Miami University product, Brandon Brooks, is an underrated candidate the team is looking at with one of their later picks.

This draft is deep at the guard position, so don't be surprised if the Bengals take more than one interior lineman in this draft.

Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Jacob Bell, NFL

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