The news that surrounded the Bengals on day two of free agency revolved around a few personnel losses. They were mostly unsurprising, but the team remained inactive for the second straight day.
Though the frenzy on the second day of free agency wasn't nearly as crazy as the first, there were the occasional twists and turns. The Patriots lost one of their mainstays in Wes Welker, but grabbed another in Danny Amendola. Other teams like the Dolphins and Lions continued to make moves after doing some things on the first day, while others remained quiet. The Bengals were the latter.
Andre Smith: The Bengals are continuing to work on a deal with Smith's representation and Marvin Lewis remained optimistic on the big tackle staying in Cincinnati. Lewis was quoted by the local media at the University of Cincinnati's Pro Day, saying: "We just have to get deal done. Our people have done a great job thus far and we'll continue to work hard at it". Lewis also said that he'd like to have a resolution by the end of the week, if possible.
Mike Goodson: The former Panthers and Raiders running back came for a visit to Cincinnati Tuesday night, and no contract was announced, leaving us to believe that he is off to other visits with teams. As we relayed late last night, The Jets and Cowboys have also expressed interest in Goodson. He supposedly has a visit lined up with the Jets next.
Pat Sims: The writing was on the wall, whether you liked it or not. If the Bengals wanted Sims to stay, they would have needed to offer him a multi-year deal and they weren't prepared to do so with second-year men Brandon Thompson and Devon Still waiting in the wings. Enter the Oakland Raiders. Shortly after scheduling a visit with Sims, he signed a contract with them. The details haven't yet been released.
Bruce Gradkowski: After scheduling a meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, they offered Gradkowski a three-year deal. It had to be a no-brainer for the career backup because of their heritage and the fact that he would be returning to his hometown. It's unclear if he'll be pegged as the No.2 or No.3 quarterback next year.
Rey Maualuga: The embattled linebacker tweeted on Tuesday that he was heading to Arizona to visit with the Cardinals. Multiple sources confirmed that Maualuga left Arizona without a contract and he's still searching for a gig. One interesting potential destination, as originally pointed out by Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer, would be the Baltimore Ravens because of the loss of Dannell Ellerbe.
Josh Brown: The Bengals made the somewhat-controversial decision to keep Mike Nugent over Brown and the spurned kicker didn't waste time to find another job. The New York Giants came calling and signed Brown to a contract to be their kicker for 2013.
Manny Lawson: It was somewhat expected that the Bengals would let Lawson walk and search for a new strong side linebacker. It didn't take Lawson long to land on his feet though. The Buffalo Bills came calling and inked him to a four year deal worth $12 million. It has to be a good feeling for Lawson who was playing on back-to-back lower-end deals with the Bengals.
Dashon Goldson: Just to add insult to injury, we'll add the high-profile safety to this list. Though Goldson caused a stir by saying he would be interested in playing for the Bengals a few days before free agency began, neither party had a chance to act on it. Goldson was swept away by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their team's private jet and they signed him to a deal worth $8 million per year before he left their facility.