LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Zac Diles #53 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Amobi Okoye #91 of the Chicago Bears shake hands after the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
The athletic defensive tackle, Amobi Okoye, has been a popular source of much discussion around these parts in the past couple of weeks. It's been a roller coaster of emotions for Bengals fans since word first broke that the team was interested in landing Okoye in free agency.
Yesterday, it was widely speculated that they botched the opportunity to land him, as the team opted to go to the Notre Dame University Pro Day instead of fulfilling the commitment of the visit they had scheduled with him. Then we heard that Okoye could be "close to signing with another team", making it seem as if Cincinnati had lost out on landing a solid player.
We now have a new glimmer of hope that the team is serious in signing the six-year veteran. Adam Caplan is a notable national NFL reporter and he claims that the Bengals have indeed re-scheduled a visit with Okoye.
By the sounds of this tweet from Caplan, we're speculating that Okoye's visit will be an overnight one, as that has seemed to be the common practice by the team this offseason. It also shows a commitment from the team and Okoye to be willing to set this up over the Easter holiday. Though this is good news for the team and it is the only confirmed visit that Okoye has set up, the Broncos, Buccaneers and Patriots have all expressed interest in the 24-year old.
The Bengals have an abundance of cap space in their corner and can really outbid any of the other teams for Okoye's services, save for the Broncos. Every team would likely have the same type of role for him as a rotational player that could provide pressure on passing downs. With the strong rotation that the Bengals have, Okoye would be a very welcomed addition.
We'll be sure to update you on any future details relating to this story.