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After cutting two DTs, the position takes form

On Monday, the Bengals cut three players: defensive tackles Titus Adams and Michael Marquardt and cornerback Jerrid Gaines, writes Geoff Hobson.

Defensive tackle is down to four signed players (John Thornton, Domata Peko, Michael Myers and Antwon Burton) and two unsigned drafted picks (Jason Shirley, Pat Sims).

Considering for the past two seasons, the Bengals have held onto eight defensive linemen to start the season (four tackles, four ends), we'd assume that Thornton and Peko stay, Myers and Burton are released and both incumbent starters are backed up by the two rookie defensive tackles.

The interesting dynamic, looking ahead, is that Thornton will be an unrestricted free agent after this season prompting the idea that the Bengals could either re-sign him to a much more cap-friendly deal or draft another defensive tackle in the draft.