We mentioned earlier via Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com that more possible signings could be made later today before the team heads off to the annual NFL Owner's meeting. It appears that the Bengals have come to an agreement with another defensive lineman that was a former first round pick. Jamaal Anderson, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons, tweeted that he has agreed to terms with the Bengals today.
Anderson (not the Jamal Anderson of the Falcons that invented the "dirty bird" celebration in the late 1990s) has yet to find his niche since being the No.8 overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft. He logged a career-best three sacks last season, and has been switched around to tackle and end in his five seasons. Though he's largely been considered a bust to this point, he'll be a rotational player on last year's seventh-ranked defense. He is joined by former eighth overall selection from the 2008 draft, Derrick Harvey, on the Bengals defensive line.
Though the loss of Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene stung Bengals fans in the first few days of free agency, the team replaced the two with younger and more athletic players. It's a risk to believe that Harvey and Anderson will provide the production that Rucker and Fanene did for the Bengals, but it will be a huge payoff if these two finally realize their first round potential. We should be confident that Mike Zimmer will get the most out of these two.
No details of the contracts have been given as of yet and we'll be sure to update you on those as we hear them. We are still waiting to hear if Pat Sims will be signed by the end of the day and will be sure to let you know if we hear anything on that front as well.