The Bengals didn't take an offensive tackle in this year's NFL Draft, but they've already signed a pair of undrafted free agents. After grabbing West Virginia lineman Curtis Feigt, Cincinnati has now reportedly signed UConn offensive tackle Jimmy Bennett.
According to the New Haven Register, the Bengals were calling Bennett to sign him just before the draft ended, a pretty good sign they had him targeted ahead of time.
"I never talked to them before the draft so it was really surprising but it was cool nonetheless, I am happy," said Bennett after the draft. "They called me right before Mr. Irrelevant was announced they called me to let me know.
"It was just the Bengals, they said ‘you are signed, you are good.’ I obviously haven’t played football in a while and it is exciting to get back into football. There are a lot of things that I don’t know what to expect, it is a lot of anticipation and what is going to happen."
Bennett started every game over the last two seasons at left tackle and also got some positive reviews for his performance in the Medal of Honor Bowl. He was also named to the American Athletics Conference All-Academic team.