Bengals Roster Changes: Release LB Maybin, CB Stoudermire, WR Goard

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals are preparing for a significant roster reduction by releasing three on Sunday to reduce their roster to 87 players.

With the deadline for the first round of roster cuts approaching, the Cincinnati Bengals announced that they've released linebacker Aaron Maybin and waived rookie wide receiver Tyrone Goard and cornerback Troy Stoudermire.

The Bengals signed Maybin, who only participated in seven defensive snaps this preseason, as a free agent on Jan. 25, 2013.

Goard and Stoudermire were college free agent signings following the 2013 NFL draft. Stoudermire didn't play against the Atlanta Falcons (despite being healthy) and took part in only eight defensive snaps against the Titans Saturday night. Goard, who missed a lot of time with a concussion, played four snaps on offense against the Titans after being inactive against the Falcons last week.

Essentially a regional product in the sense that he played college football at Eastern Kentucky and is from West Virginia, Goard spent most of his time in Cincinnati modeling himself after A.J. Green, who has a comparable body type.

"Me and A.J. are about the same body size so I'm just trying to learn tips on how to get in and out of my routes and catch at the best of my abilities," Goard said last month.

His chances for making the 53-man roster were extremely difficult.

Aaron Maybin, selected No. 11 overall during the 2009 NFL draft, is the third former first-round defensive end/linebacker that the Cincinnati Bengals released soon after signing them. Derrick Harvey, a former No. 8 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, was released five months after signing on March 23, 2012. Jamaal Anderson, a former No. 8 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, spent the season in Cincinnati last year but only played two games due to a season-ending injury. His two-year contract was terminated after only one season.

The roster is reduced to 87 players as Cincinnati prepares for the first round of cuts. Per league rules, all organizations must reduce their maximum roster from 90 to 75 players by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 27. Four days later is final cuts.

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