A Weekend In Review: Bengals Stories You May Have Missed

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 29: Wide receiver Michael Floyd #3 of the Notre Dame Fight Irish runs upfield against the Florida State Seminoles in the Champs Sports Bowl December 29, 2011 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. FSU won 18 - 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Much happened over the weekend at Cincy Jungle and considering it was Easter, we figured many of you spent time with your families, chilled out, watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy and perhaps didn't make us your top priority. That's alright. For the next two weeks and the week after the NFL Draft, you won't be able to get enough of us. But if you didn't join us over the weekend, here are some stories we ran.

+ The Bengals failed to sign free agent defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. Some will immediately point at Cincinnati's scheduling snafu, electing to go to Notre Dame's Pro Day which forced the team to rescheduled Okoye's visit for Sunday/Monday, which obviously never happened. But look no further than the numbers (that Okoye signed for $2 million with $700,000 guaranteed) in Tampa Bay. There was no way the Bengals were going to make Okoye the second-highest paid defensive tackle, behind Domata Peko, for what would amount to as a situational pass rusher.

+ Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd told Alex Marvez that he has a scheduled visit with the Cincinnati Bengals this week. If the Bengals are able to select Floyd -- which seems increasingly unlikely with the No. 17 pick at this point -- then wouldn't he be a greater investment than Okoye?

+ Alabama linebacker/defensive end Courtney Upshaw, reportedly a favorite with head coach Marvin Lewis, reportedly visited Cincinnati last week.

+ Speaking of contracts, we finally broke down the contract that defensive tackle Pat Sims signed last month.

+ A position by position breakdown: Quarterback | Running Back | Full Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Offensive Line | Defensive End | Defensive Tackle | Linebacker | Safety | Cornerback.

+ Cincinnati reportedly signed guard Jacob Bell to a one-year deal on Friday. We can't imagine Bell being a starting guard with the Bengals right away -- he scored as bad or worse than Mike McGlynn and Nate Livings in virtually every PFF grade last year. On the other hand he's appeared as very serviceable pass blocker in 2010 and 2009.

+ Backup offensive tackle Dennis Roland, currently an unrestricted free agent, could be close to returning to the Bengals.

+ Bethune-Cookman linebacker/defensive end Ryan Davis took part in a private workout for the Bengals on Friday.

+ Cincinnati also held a private workout for Missouri Western State University Placekicker Greg Zuerlein last Monday in which he connected on a 57-yard field goal.

+ Taking a look at Cincy Jungle's history during the SB Nation mock draft.

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