On Tuesday, the Bengals signed their first of 11 2009 NFL draft picks in cornerback Morgan Trent. Trent is regarded as, at best, the fourth cornerback on roster for the time being. He'll likely compete against David Jones for the third spot and playing time at nickel.
Trent isn't the only Bengals rookie signed to a contract. Adam Caplan of Scout NFL Network, via Scout.com, writes that "according to a league source, it's a four-year deal worth $1.189 million which includes a signing bonus of a little more than $37,500." Brown is likely competing as a return specialist on kickoff and punts. Otherwise, we just don't see him making the team as a wide receiver strictly playing on offense.
Update: Bengals.com confirms.
Also Thursday the agent for seventh-round draft pick, wide receiver Freddie Brown said Brown and the Bengals have agreed on a four-year deal that includes a signing bonus of $37,600.