ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 5: Orson Charles #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with a catch against Courtney Viney #7 of the New Mexico State Aggies at Sanford Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Bengals are making quite a bit of progress in signing their ten draft picks from 2012. The newest in the fold is former Georgia tight end, Orson Charles. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, the announcement of the Charles signing was made alongside the signing of former UCLA safety Tony Dye.
Aaron Wilson of Scout.com and The National Football Post reports that the contract is for four years. The Charles signing is the fifth contract agreed upon thus far. You can track the rest of the Bengals rookie signings on our chart.
Charles will be relied upon to bring a new dynamic to the offense. Unlike his disappointing predecessor, Chase Coffman, Charles has the benefit of a creative offensive coordinator that will integrate his skill set into the offense. With Jermaine Gresham, the two tight ends could potentially do a lot of damage to opposing defenses.
Thanks to the new CBA's rookie wage scale, teams are having a much easier time signing their draftees. The Bengals were notorious for having players hold out over the year's and that is all but a remnant of the past CBA. We should be hearing more progress on the rest of their picks in the near future.