The Cincinnati Bengals could be looking to bolster their defensive line.
According to ESPN reporter Field Yates, the Bengals hosted free agent defensive tackle Danny Shelton.
Source: the Bengals hosted former Patriots DT Danny Shelton on a free agent visit. Powerful, big body with run stuffing acumen.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 15, 2019
A former No. 12 overall pick of the Cleveland Browns, Shelton joined the New England Patriots in a trade with the Browns during the 2018 offseason. He was on the final year of his rookie deal, and the Patriots elected not to take up the former first-round pick’s fifth-year option, making him a free agent this offseason.
Shelton finished this past season with 21 tackles in 13 games played with just one start. He played in all three playoff games but recorded just two tackles. His best year came in 2016 when he recorded 59 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 starts.
The 6-2, 345-pound Shelton is merely a run-stuffer that offers nothing as a pass-rusher, which makes him hard to play in today’s pass-happy NFL.
Still, the Bengals had a historically bad run defense last season, so they’ll take any help they can get in that regard.