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Jermaine Gresham Officially Signs; Bengals Release Defensive End Rahim Alem

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Once Jermaine Gresham signs his five-year contract on Tuesday, the Bengals' roster will again climb to 81, which is, you know, illegal in the heavens of the football gods.

Well, Gresham officially signed Tuesday afternoon.

To make room, the Bengals cut defensive end Rahim Alem.

I know what you're thinking. Why not Daniel Coats? The truth with Coats is that even though his hands were built by bricks, he brings some usefulness as a fullback and perhaps even on special teams.

Alem, who recorded 14 quarterback sacks during his four-year LSU career which included first-team All-SEC honors in 2008, was signed as a college free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft.