While wondering which players the Cincinnati Bengals will sign during free agency, we're seeing the team's first group of players leaving the Queen City.
According to NFL agents Schwartz and Feinsod, since confirmed by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills have signed their agent, outside linebacker Manny Lawson.
Agents @schwartzfeinsod reached agreement with the Buffalo Bills on a deal for Manny Lawson.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2013
Lawson, who signed with Cincinnati prior to 2011, wasn't expected to return in 2013 after completing two one-year deals. As the season dragged out last year, Lawson's playing time was reduced to 398 defensive snaps, taking on a greater special teams role. Hurting him the most was Cincinnati favoring were five defensive back formations, with Adam Jones taking a majority of those snaps away from Lawson.
Replacing him at SAM is currently scheduled to be a training camp battle between Brandon Joiner, Aaron Maybin and maybe Dontay Moch.
According to Jason Cole with Yahoo! Sports, Lawson signed a four-year deal worth $12 million, with $7 million earned in the first two years.
LB/DE Manny Lawson deal is 4 yr/$12 mill with Buffalo. Gets $7 mill in first 2 years.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) March 13, 2013