Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
With the amount of moves being made, especially recently, we decided to take our transaction chart and break it down differently, providing a chronological listing of the team's signings, trades, tenders and tags since the team's postseason exit against the Houston Texans. [Note: Dates of transactions are based on when the team made the announcements.] And as always let us know if there's one we missed.
April 13, 2012: Veteran cornerback Terence Newman finally agreed to a one-year contract after weeks of speculation, while Donald Lee (one-year) and Dan Skuta (one-year RFA tender) signed deals to return).
April 12, 2012: The Bengals released defensive back Rico Murray (again).
April 11, 2012: Cincinnati traded Keith Rivers to the New York Giants in exchange for their fifth round pick.
In the meantime, the Bengals also announced two signings to bolster their offensive line depth, first with former Titans and Rams offensive guard Jacob Bell, who agreed to a one-year deal worth $890,000. Dennis Roland's one-year deal was announced roughly at the same time, which is worth $765,000.
April 6, 2012: Due to the amount of injuries and questions regarding his durability, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to release Chris Crocker, who was entering the final year of a four-year deal.
March 30, 2012: Bengals outside linebacker Manny Lawson was generating interest among several teams, including the Green Bay Packers earlier during free agency. Eventually the Bengals inked him to a one-year deal worth $2.1 million.
March 24, 2012: After days of speculation about where he'd go (actually we were wondering which teams were actually interested), the Bengals brought defensive tackle Pat Sims back for one more year on a $1.39 million deal.
March 23, 2012: A flurry of activity took place on this Friday, starting with defensive linemen Jamaal Anderson (two years worth $5.5 million) and Derrick Harvey (one-year worth $765,000). The Bengals later announced that backup offensive tackle Anthony Collins agreed to terms on a two-year deal.
March 22, 2012: Former Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis agreed to terms with the Bengals, which turned out to be a three-year deal worth $9 million with $4 million paid during the first season. Also cornerback Adam Jones agreed to a one-year deal worth $950,000.
March 19, 2012: Safety Reggie Nelson inked a four-year deal worth $18 million. Cincinnati also announced that cornerback Jason Allen signed a two-year deal worth $8.2 million (actual news broke two days earlier).
March 17, 2012: Offensive guard Travelle Wharton has the distinction of being the first unrestricted free agent that the Cincinnati Bengals signed at the start of free agency. The three-year deal is worth $10 million with $4 million paid during the first season.
March 13, 2012: Bengals full back Chris Pressley agreed to a two-year deal worth $2.1 million, despite the fact he was only classified as a restricted free agent.
Safety Jeromy Miles, defensive tackle Nick Hayden, running back Cedric Peerman and linebacker Vincent Rey were given exclusive-rights tenders, which prevents them from signing with other teams.
March 2, 2012: Bengals place-kicker Mike Nugent was designated the team's franchise player.
February 17, 2012: The Bengals signed running back Aaron Brown to the offseason roster.
January 9, 2012: The Bengals signed seven players onto the offseason roster. Those players include James Develin, DeQuin Evans, Micah Johnson, Vidal Hazelton, Zac Robinson, Matthew O'Donnell and Rico Murray.