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Head Coach Marvin Lewis Convinced Quarterback Tyler Hansen To Sign With The Bengals

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CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 11: Tyler Hansen #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 11: Tyler Hansen #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Hours following the 2012 NFL draft, Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen announced he was going to the Oakland Raiders. Soon after that he changed his mind and joined the Cincinnati Bengals. Beside the avoidance at all costs of joining the Raiders, what could be the reason for Hansen's change?

"Marvin Lewis called," Hansen told me. "I thought that if the head coach is calling me, that’s something special and that’s saying something. He was the only head coach that made the first contact and I figured that they really wanted me if he’s calling right after the draft. I actually committed to Oakland and told them that I was going to be a Raider, but then Coach Lewis called. I talked to my agent and he said that we hadn’t signed anything yet and nothing was official. So I decided that Cincinnati was the right place for me to be."

Hansen is expected to compete against Zac Robinson for the No. 3 quarterback spot when training camp fires up next month.