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2012 NFL Free Agency: Andre Caldwell Signs With The Broncos

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In the 2008 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected wide receivers in consecutive rounds in which they thought they had their future settled. One contract and four years later, Jerome Simpson (second round) and Andre Caldwell (third round) had yet to supplant themselves as dependable starters for the team. Per a report from, Caldwell has signed with the Denver Broncos, joining newly-minted quarterback, Peyton Manning.

Andre Caldwell has agreed to terms with the Broncos. Two-year deal. 13 minutes ago via web · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

This will likely come as welcomed news to many Bengals fans who were frustrated with Caldwell's perceived inconsistency. He was constantly in head coach Marvin Lewis' doghouse, though he did contribute some big plays throughout his four-year career in Cincinnati. Caldwell saw some significant playing time in 2011 when Jordan Shipley went down with an injury, but he sealed his departure from Cincinnati when he ended the season on injured reserve. Though he made plays, he never seemed to fit as a slot guy and couldn't crack the starting lineup on the outside.

Caldwell's biggest claim to fame for the Bengals was in the 2009 season when he caught two game-winning touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. Those two games catapulted the Bengals to their improbable playoff run and he'll long be remembered for those plays. Hopefully he can find a career renaissance with the Broncos and Manning.