Yesterday's trading of Keith Rivers and signing of Terence Newman won't have any appreciable effect on how the Cincinnati Bengals choose their 2012 draft class. With the draft only two weeks away, these moves don't really satisfy any of the team's roster needs.
Trading Rivers thins the herd a bit at LB. With Rivers out all last season recovering from his wrist surgery, the Bengals grew to realize just how much they didn't miss him. Bringing in Thomas Howard and Manny Lawson more than compensated for Rivers' absence. With Dontay Moch healthy and ready to contribute, Rivers was a high-priced extra body. Marvin Lewis told reporters yesterday that re-signing backup LB Brandon Johnson was still something the team hoped to do. Look for them to wait until after the draft, however, as they might pick up a linebacker there.
Newman gives the team some added insurance in regard to Leon Hall's recovery, but he's not guaranteed a spot. The Bengals have done a good job with their signings, bringing in Newman and Jason Allen and bringing back Adam Jones. With Hall, Nate Clements and Brandon Ghee, that makes for some great competition in training camp and ultimately much needed depth at the position. The Bengals will still likely add another corner in the draft, possibly even with one of their first round picks.
The team also officially announced the signing of G Jacob Bell and re-signed OL Dennis Roland. Neither of these moves satisfies the need for a top flight interior lineman to partner with free agent acquisition Travelle Wharton. Lewis also intimated that the Bengals still could bring back veteran Bobbie Williams. Again, look for this to be after the draft, if at all. If the Bengals somehow don't get one of their first round targets at guard (David DeCastro or Cordy Glenn) having Williams back could be of increased importance.
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