Sweed was the Steelers' second round pick in the 2008 draft and the team viewed the 6'4" receiver out of Texas as the successor to Plaxico Burress. Sweed struggled, however, with drops in key moments and injuries and was released by the Steelers prior to last season.
Sweed missed all of the 2010 season with a torn Achilles tendon and then shoulder problems shelved him for training camp in 2011. He was released and out of football all of last season.
While no offer has been made yet, pursuing Sweed is another in a long line of Bengals' moves in which they have attempted to resurrect the careers of high draft picks let go by other teams.
Currently, the Bengals have five former first or second round picks from other teams on their roster: DE Jamaal Anderson (1, 2007, Falcons), DE Derrick Harvey (1, 2008, Jaguars), CB Adam Jones (1, 2005, Titans), Taylor Mays (2, 2010, 49ers) and Reggie Nelson (1, 2007, Jaguars).
Additionally, two restricted free agents still on the market but not expected to return to Cincinnati were reclamation projects from other teams. RB Cedric Benson (1, 2005, Bears) and Kelly Jennings (1, 2006, Seahawks) both started for the Bengals in 2011.
Given the performances out of Benson and Nelson especially, this "low-risk/high reward" strategy has served the Bengals well in recent years, allowing the team to fill some roster gaps with players who are highly skilled, but for whatever reason, haven't yet lived up to their potentials.
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