clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Bengals spoke with LB Arthur Moats before he re-signed with Steelers

The Cincinnati Bengals are clearly concerned about linebacker depth, interviewing A.J. Hawk and having conversations with former free agent linebacker Arthur Moats, who re-signed with the Steelers over the weekend.

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals spoke with linebacker Arthur Moats during the "legal tampering" phase, according to the Steelers linebacker on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Prior to re-signing with Pittsburgh, Moats had also spoken to the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons.

A former sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Moats played four seasons with the Buffalo Bills before signing a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 24, 2014. He signed a three-year extension worth $7.5 million over the weekend. During his first season with the Steelers, Moats set a career-high with four quarterback sacks and two forces fumbles -- but a career low in tackles (23).

The Bengals are making an effort to rebuild their depth at linebacker, re-signing Rey Maualuga and handing a second-round tender to Emmanuel Lamur. In addition to that, the Bengals interviewed A.J. Hawk on Monday. Linebacker depth is a priority, obviously.