CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Dan Herron #34 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Now there were only three. The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Wednesday that sixth-round running back Dan Herron has signed a deal, leaving three drafted players without contracts. Herron was selected No. 191 by the Bengals, the team's final draft pick during the 2012 NFL draft.
Former Bengals great Pete Johnson recently guaranteed that Herron will start the regular season at running back, beating out the prized free agent BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the untapped potential of Bernard Scott and the Bruce Lee-like Brian Leonard, who forces tacklers to miss in every direction.
However for Herron to make the roster, the more reasonable (and non-Buckeyes homer angle) would be through special teams. But then that's where Cedric Peerman, one of the team's best special teams players, resides and we don't see the team going with more than four running back.
Terms are currently undisclosed.
Charles Mitchell, selected at No. 192, one spot behind Herron, signed a four-year deal worth $2.201 million with a $101,672 signing bonus. Add a smidgen on the signing bonus for a rough estimate on what Herron likely signed for.