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Reports: Bengals to sign Eric Henderson, Steinbach extension slow

There are reports, confirmed with various sources, that Eric Henderson is heading to Cincinnati to sign a deal. Henderson is an undrafted free agent rookie that was apparently coveted by 20 teams. The obvious question is; if Henderson wasn't drafted in seven rounds -- after 255 players came and went -- what makes him so sought out now?

OTC Draft speaks highly of Henderson:

Eric Henderson has a great deal of experience, having started at defensive end for the Yellow Jackets since the 2002 season. He is a tough player with a pretty good combination of size and strength for the position, although he does lack ideal height. He isn’t a one-dimensional end—he is a great run defender and a pretty good pass rusher as well. He has a quick first step which allows him to beat most offensive tackles off the snap of the ball. He sheds blocks well and makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He is a very instinctive player with a non-stop motor. He could use some improvement on his pass rush technique. The biggest area of concern for Henderson is his durability—He missed seven starts due to injury over the past two seasons. Eric Henderson is a solid all-around defensive end who will drop some due to durability issues. He should be a mid-round pick on draft day.

Geoff Hobson reports the extension with Bengals guard, Eric Steinbach, is slow. His agent, Jack Bechta, said he'll give the team until "around July 1st" before negotiations are stopped.