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Bengals wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher returns to Chicago

The former college free agent is returning to Chicago after the Bears released him on Christmas Eve.


It doesn't have the impact that Cedric Benson had going back to Chicago for his revenge game against the Bears, who made him a first-round pick in 2005 (NOTE: If you're unfamiliar with Benson, that was his name before he became DJ World Peace). Bengals wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL draft, is returning to the city that waived him on Christmas eve last year -- Bengals claimed Sanzenbacher on Christmas.

You're thinking... another revenge game! When DJ World Peace Benson returned to Chicago, he generated 98 yards rushing on 20 carries -- in the first half! Carson Palmer also submitted one of his best games in his career with a career rating of 146.7. Now Sanzenbacher could have that magical chip on his shoulder for nearly ruining his Christmas.

Only that he doesn't.

"I really enjoyed my time in Chicago," Sanzenbacher said via the Chicago Tribute. "I’ll always have that connection to the city and fan base. It was where I got my shot and great to have the reception I had, a great experience."

Alright. Maybe he doesn't like Jay Cutler.

"We saw eye to eye on a lot of things," he said. "Jay is the type of player who expects you to be where you’re supposed to be. He demands that of his guys. You see that every weekend and in a lot of senses, we saw the same things on the field."

Sanzenbacher played 21 games in two seasons for the Bears, generating 28 receptions for 283 yards receiving and three touchdowns. It's unknown if he'll be on the game-day roster as one of the 46 players declared active, but he's currently the team's sixth receiver now that Andrew Hawkins has been placed on Injured Reserve with a designation to return. But Sanzenbacher earned that spot entirely on his own.