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Report: Bengals Release Defensive End Antwan Odom

According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, who references a league source, the Bengals have cut Defensive End Antwan Odom.

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This (possibly) marks the end to one of the most disappointing free agent signings in franchise history. During the 2008 offseason, the Bengals signed Antwan Odom to a five-year deal worth $29.5 million with $11.5 million guaranteed after the former Tennessee Titan defensive end posted a career-high eight quarterback sacks during the 2007 season -- he had four sacks in 32 games before that.

Thanks to a collection of injuries, Odom would go on to miss 26 of a possible 48 games in a Bengals uniform, four of which resulted in a suspension for violating the league's illegal substance policy.

And when he did play, his production left a lot to be desired. Even though Odom tied a franchise-high five quarterback sacks against the Green Bay Packers (backup guard at left tackle) in 2009, the defensive end only posted six sacks in the other 21 games. Odom also missed 22 of the last 32 regular season games.

According to ESPN Senior Writer John Clayton, Odom had a $6.3 million cap number, freeing up $2.9 million upon his release. Odom was due $9.8 million over the next two seasons in base salary alone.