Within hours after the completion of the 2013 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals gave Southern Illinois linebacker Jayson Dimanche a ring. They were interested. Along with having a predraft visit prior to the NFL draft, the Bengals were so determined to sign him that they offered "way more" money than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were also interested in Dimanche. In fact, the Bengals offered one of the biggest signing bonuses among all college free agents this year, according to Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Besides having a chance to make the roster, the signing bonus that the Bengals offered put them over the top. According to various reports, DiManche’s signing bonus is believed to be tied for the second-highest given to an undrafted free agent this year. Broncos linebacker Lerentee McCray received $17,000 while DiManche, Giants receiver Marcus Davis and Buccaneers cornerback Deveron Carr each received $15,000.
Dimanche, who Reedy suggests has a shot at making the 53-man roster this year, is shifting from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3. It's gone as could be expected.
"The first couple days have gone pretty good. It took awhile to learn installation on the first day, but we’re starting to learn it now as a group and starting to run quicker," DiManche said following one of Saturday’s practices.
Said DiManche about the differences in defenses: "There are a little bit more coverage responsibilities and the run gaps are different. The adjustment though shouldn’t be too bad."
The final practice during rookie minicamp takes place on Sunday.