Bengals safety Reggie Nelson spent Friday with the New York Jets, a team with an obvious need for a safety. After spending the night in New York, Nelson left Saturday afternoon with a contract offer in hand from the Jets and a pronouncement that the free agent safety will make an informed decision within 24 hours. At the time we had suspected that was another way of saying that they were going to reach out to the Bengals and see what they can counter with.
And just before 7 PM on Sunday, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that Reggie Nelson signed with the Bengals -- much to the shock of a fanbase expecting Nelson to depart.
Though the details of Nelson's deal are still being worked out, what we do know is that it's going to be a four-year deal (per Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer), through the 2015 season. Nelson is Cincinnati's third known signing since the start of free agency with cornerback Jason Allen and guard Travelle Wharton and the first Bengals unrestricted free agent that they retained.