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Bengals, Browns among teams who've worked out Brian Blechen

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Reggie Nelson becomes a free agent at age 32 next year, so having a younger option to replace him might be something the Bengals look to do this offseason.

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The Bengals may be in the market for a safety in this year's NFL draft or once undrafted free agency begins.

Utah's Brian Blechen might squeak into the end of the Day 3, or he may get picked up as a priority free agent. Either way, the Bengals are among several teams who've already had a private workout with the safety.

Per CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, the Browns, Eagles, Lions, Texans and Bengals have all worked out Blechen. The 6'2", 216-pound safety registered 61 tackles, six pass breakups, an interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this past season for the Utes. He's projected as a strong safety at the NFL level, and there's a decent chance the Bengals will need a new one next year.

That's when Reggie Nelson becomes a free agent at age 32, so having a younger option to replace him might be something Cincinnati looks to do this offseason. While Shawn Williams certainly could step in for Nelson based on the praise he's gotten from coaches, they'll still need a backup behind him. Though not always the case, when you're getting into the seventh round and undrafted free agency, most of the guys who actually make rosters are career backups.

Blechen is currently projected as the 289th overall prospect and 11th best safety in this year's draft via CBS Sports. The Bengals have already been to Utah's Pro Day, so they may have met with Blechen there as well.