Resetting Free Agency: Michael Bush And Manny Lawson Drawing Interest Elsewhere

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 20: Linebacker Manny Lawson #99 of the Cincinnati Bengals shows his frustration after the Baltimore Ravens score a touchdown in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won, 31-24. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

+ FOUR TEAMS INTERESTED IN MANNY LAWSON. Outside linebacker Manny Lawson quietly had a good season last year. Unfortunately his name was often buried in conversation with Thomas Howard leading the team in tackles, arguably as Cincinnati's most productive linebacker while Rey Maualuga naturally demanded attention from fans' expectations, in which many of us are starting to believe might have been too much. However according to the grading scale of Pro Football Focus, Lawson ranked as the team's third-most productive defensive player with a score of 10.6 behind Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap. The SAM linebacker scored positive grades in run defense, pass rush and generated zero penalties (his pass coverage rating was average).

So the fact that four teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals, are interested in Lawson isn't that much of a surprise. As Nick pointed out Tuesday night, Lawson is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders, the Indianapolis Colts, the Cleveland Browns as well as Cincinnati. And it wouldn't be a surprise if one of these teams offer Lawson a multi-year deal worth $4-5 million per season.

+ BENGALS WERE INTERESTED IN KAMERION WIMBLEY. Speaking of linebacker (or defensive end or whatever), Kamerion Wimbley admitted that the Cincinnati Bengals -- along with the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots -- had interest in him, before signing with the Tennessee Titans. However it's not hard to see why the Bengals ended up not signing him. The Titans giving him a five-year deal worth $35 million with a $9 million signing bonus and $13.5 million guaranteed.

It's not a position of priority right now and we still believe that the team wants to see Roddrick Muckelroy take over at some point. Versatile enough to play middle and outside, we'd be surprised that, barring an injury, Muckelroy isn't given every opportunity to succeed on defense.

+ FOUR TEAMS INTERESTED IN MICHAEL BUSH. According to Jason La Canfora with the NFL Network, there are four teams interested in free agent running back Michael Bush. Along with the Cincinnati Bengals, where Bush reportedly arrived on Monday and departed Tuesday afternoon, teams like the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Jets and Chicago Bears, where Bush is scheduled to visit on Wednesday, are all interested.

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