The Cincinnati Bengals are making moves ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.
On Tuesday, the team waived reserve defensive tackle Adolphus Washington.
The Bengals had signed Washington, a fourth-year player in 2019, off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad on Sept. 26 last season. The former Ohio State Buckeyes defender played in four games and totaled six tackles and a sack before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury on Nov. 23.
It seems odd the Bengals would make this move ahead of the draft, but it makes sense if the team thinks they’ll sign a big crop of undrafted free agents after the draft ends, not to mention they’re currently set to make 11 selections during the draft.
Also hurting Washington is the fact that Cincinnati is pretty deep at defensive tackle, at least in terms of guys who were playing ahead of Washington, including Geno Atkins, Andrew Billings, Ryan Glasgow and Josh Tupou. Christian Ringo and Niles Scott are also signed.