Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports Kevin Vickerson won't be signing with the Bengals this week, but could after Week 1.
The Bengals, however, will not sign Vickerson this week, according to an NFL source. Possibly next week. Any vested veteran (four years or more of NFL service time) who is on a team’s season-opening roster automatically has his full-season salary guaranteed.
Vickerson is 31 and coming off a dislocated hip injury, which presents enough question mark for a team to minimize its risk.
But I would say this to the Bengals: Before he got hurt in game 11 last season at New England, Vickerson was the Broncos’ best defensive lineman. Tackle, end, nose guard or otherwise. For a playoff contender, Vickerson is worth waiting on to see if he can regain form.
It looked like the Bengals and Kevin Vickerson had agreed to a deal, but something may have changed.
Just told #Bengals won't have any signings to announce today.Also,worth pointing out that Vickerson has since removed the photo from earlier— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) September 2, 2014
It sounds like either negotiations hit a late snag, or someone else came in and offered Vickerson a better deal, ala Donte Whitner 2011.
The Cincinnati Bengals chose to carry just four defensive tackles on their initial 53-man roster. That's a bit risky, especially with Geno Atkins coming off a torn ACL.
As it turns out, Kevin Vickerson is joining the Bengals. He initially posted the news on his Instagram account.
Vickerson played with the Denver Broncos in 2013. The 31-year-old has started 43 career games, including 25 the past two seasons. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 328 pounds, Vickerson has 153 career tackles and 6.5 sacks in 71 games.
This year, Vickerson was slow to recover from a dislocated hip that sidelined him down the stretch in 2013, and was cut during the final wave of roster cuts this week.
"We owe Vick a lot," John Elway said. "He played well when he was here."
Vickerson said he felt fine after playing 39 snaps in the Broncos’ preseason finale, where he had five tackles. He’s played in 71 NFL games with Denver (2010-13), Tennessee Titans (2007-09) and Miami Dolphins (2005-06) in addition to a season in the old NFL Europe.
The San Diego Chargers were another team showing interest in Vickerson after the Broncos waived him.
As far as who gets cut to make room for Vickerson remains to be seen. It could be one of the seven linebackers. The problem is the practice squad is full if Cobi Hamilton is in fact going to be on it.
It appears there is some roster shuffling going on, though the Bengals should make an official announcement today on both.