What can you say? He's the team's biggest free agent bust to date, that's what you can say. And it might not be entirely his fault. After signing a five-year deal worth $29.5 million, Odom has been a typical example of how the Bengals tend to spend money in the wrong places because someone has one good season. Odom, while playing through an injury, recorded three quarterback sacks his first season with Cincinnati; though we kind have disregarded it because the injury slowed him off the line of scrimmage. And well, injury happens. Right?
Odom exploded in 2009, thanks to a five-sack performance against the Green Bay Packers. He would record another three sacks in the other five games he played. However, a torn Achilles in mid-October knocked him out for the season.
Feeling better coming into training camp this year, Odom got a virus that made him lose weight and kept his work limited. Furthermore, at some point he tested positive for a "banned element contained in a prescribed medication." The NFL banned him four games. It didn't matter anyway because Odom was expected to miss time with an injured knee with a recovery time of at least "a couple of week".
When Odom returned, it was learned that he had surgery on his wrist and because of that wrist, Odom had missed the only game he was eligible for last week against the New York Jets.
And now Odom is out for the year, placed on Injured Reserve on Thursday. He's the fourth defensive linemen to be placed on IR this year, following Jonathan Fanene, Tank Johnson and Frostee Rucker. We now have a possible starting lineup on the defensive line and in the secondary with players on Injured Reserve.
By the end of the season, Odom will have played in 22 of a possible 48 regular season games (45.8%) since signing with the Bengals in 2008, finishing the final two seasons on Injured Reserve.
The Bengals signed Victor Adeyanju, who was originally signed on November 18 in response to Jonathan Fanene going on IR. He was released on November 24 to make room for safety Jeromy Miles. We expect a report that he'll be released next week.