HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans is knocked down by defensive lineman Frostee Rucker #92 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
An unnamed source has informed us at Cincy Jungle that the Cincinnati Bengals have offered new contracts to two defensive linemen who are set to become unrestricted free agents: Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene.
Both Rucker and Fanene were major parts of the team's defensive line which was the strength of the team in 2011. Fanene rotated in on the defensive line in certain situations and finished the regular season with 24 tackles and 6.5 sacks, which was second on the team after Geno Atkins' 7.5 sacks. During the post season, Fanene was tied with Thomas Howard and Reggie Nelson for the most tackles with six.
Rucker took over the starting job at defensive end for Michael Johnson in Week 6 and started every game for the rest of the season. He finished seventh on the team in tackles by the end of the regular season with 44 and finished the season with four sacks.
Both Rucker and Fanene would help the Bengals in 2012 and if they aren't re-signed early they will both likely receive offers from several teams around the league.
Stay tuned for more updates.