According to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, the Bengals have officially agreed to terms with free agent outside linebacker Manny Lawson. Lawson is the fifth Bengals free agent to re-sign with the team along with Pat Sims, Reggie Nelson, Anthony Collins and Adam Jones.
On the signing head coach Marvin Lewis said that the team is happy to have Lawson back and a full offseason with the team should help his progression as an NFL linebacker.
"We’re glad to have him back and keep going along," head coach Marvin Lewis said. "Manny is still a young guy and we’ll continue to grow and manage him. The offseason program will be tremendous and help him."
Many Bengals fans felt that Lawson was one of the more important free agents for the Bengals to re-sign heading into the offseason. Last year he made 78 tackles, seven for loss, had 1.5 sacks and three passes defensed. His 78 tackles finished for fifth on the team and is one more tackle than Keith Rivers has ever had at outside linebacker in any of his three seasons with the Bengals (the most he had in a season was 77). This re-signing could possibly mean the end of Rivers' tenure in Cincinnati.
The particulars on Lawson's deal have not yet been released so stay tuned for them.