The first day of free agency in the National Football League (NFL) was nothing short of crazy. Several stars signed with new clubs while some are still looking for a new home but the Cincinnati Bengals continued to stay quiet as they re-signed safety Taylor Mays and guard Mike Pollak as well as releasing starting center Kyle Cook.
Mays, 26, has appeared in a total of 34 games over the past three seasons since joining Cincinnati in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. He was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft and has been less than expected as a professional. Mays played in just eight games last season, including one start, before landing on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Pollak, 29, saw action in only half of the 2013 season because of a knee injury. The Arizona State alum impressed coaches last season when he saw time following an injury to then staring lineman, Kevin Zeitler, he continued to see time after Zeitler returned. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008 and will be an important part of the Cincinnati line for the upcoming season.
Cook, 30, started all 16 games at center for the Bengals. His contract was due to give him $2.5 million for both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Cook played the end of the season with a foot injury.
“I don’t know. Maybe. These things happen all the time,” Cook said. “My foot hasn’t really bothered me since a week after the game. I thought they’d give me more time to come back better than ever after I came back from a much more serious injury in 2012.”
A member of the team since 2007, Cook has started 70 games for the Bengals. The move may be to begin a more youthful approach the the line.
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