The Detroit Lions re-signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen to a one-year deal, the team announced on Tuesday. Fluellen was one of seven players that the Bengals hosted last week, and the only reported defensive tackle that's swung by the Queen City since free agency began last week. By our count (and that's very unofficial), that's 12 players that's visited since last Tuesday with the Bengals only signing cornerback Jason Allen. Note: It's entirely possible that Travelle Wharton visited but it was never reported or confirmed (sometimes that happens when the player visits and signs in the same day). Kendall Langford signed with the St. Louis Rams and cornerback Aaron Ross signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars while Fluellen returned to the Lions.
That being said with the departure of Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker, Cincinnati's need for defensive linemen has grown signifcantly. Pat Sims is currently shopping teams in free agency, though his return to Cincinnati is always a possibility.
The free agent market for defensive tackles has been somewhat slow this year. Jason Jones signed with Seattle, Cory Redding with Indianapolis while guys like Paul Soliai (Miami), Letroy Guion (Minnesota) and Antonio Dixon (Philadelphia) re-upped with their original teams. Players like Brodrick Bunkley, Aubrayo Franklin, Antonio Garay and Kelly Gregg are still available on the free agent market.