Bengals Working On Signing Veteran Cornerback

CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 31: Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball while defended by Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 31 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

According to Geoff Hobson, the Cincinnati Bengals are working on "signing a veteran cornerback as well as seeing" what the team can get out of their current roster of cornerbacks on the current roster.

We've written countless times in the months leading up to the labor peace between the league and players, that the Bengals could have a serious situation on their hands at cornerback. Assuming at the time that Johnathan Joseph left for free agency, the Bengals would have to have Leon Hall extended or else they'll see a similar situation when free agency kicks off next year.

Adam Jones, still rehabilitating from a neck injury last year, was a favorite to start this year in response to Joseph's departure. Yet before the five games he played with the Bengals in 2010, Jones missed the entire 2009 season and only played nine games with the Cowboys in 2008. And during those five games with the Bengals, mostly playing nickel, Jones allowed opposing quarterbacks to post a 109.9 quarterback rating against targets he covered.

Are we saying that Jones can't do it? Of course not. Jones walked onto the field with the rust associated by his extended absence. For all we know he could come around and take the bull by the horns. Expectations, of course, originate from one's perspective.

There's enough concern about Morgan Trent's knee that the team reworked his contract to protect them. Brandon Ghee, the Bengals third-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, played ten defensive snaps during his rookie season before a groin injury placed him on Injured Reserve in early December.

There's talk that rookie cornerback Korey Lindsey is more of a developmental player, very raw, but could have the talent to be a fine cornerback in this league.

Now more than ever we have to remind ourselves that this is a rebuilding year. Nothing is changing that. The cornerback position is fluid, changing, along with the entire offense.

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