The Cincinnati Bengals are nearly done in free agency it seems.
Before they potentially add a linebacker to the mix, the Bengals have reportedly signed free agent wide receiver Mike Thomas of the Los Angeles Rams to a one-year deal. NFLDraftDiamonds.com owner Damond Talbot was the first to break the news, which Thomas seemed to have confirmed via his latest retweets (side note: Thomas’ profile picture is Chad Johnson!)
Breaking: Bengals signed former Rams WR Mike Thomas to a one year deal https://t.co/1fOVX6PKRW— Damond Talbot (@DamondTalbot) March 21, 2020
A sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Thomas stuck with the Rams throughout the duration of his four-year rookie contract. As a receiver, he only saw the field for 243 snaps and hauled in 10 of his 21 career targets so far for 144 yards. Special teams has been Thomas’ saving grace; he’s recorded at least 140 snaps there in the three seasons he’s been healthy.
It’s worth noting that Zac Taylor has experience coaching Thomas. He worked with Thomas closely in 2017 when he was the Rams’ assistant receivers coach and continued to keep tabs on him when he was promoted to quarterbacks coach a year later. Taylor should want Thomas to compete for a roster spot as a special teamer considering the Bengals have lost two key members of that unit in Clayton Fejedelem and Tony McRae this past week.
The Bengals will surely still address the receiver position in the draft, but Thomas will join whomever they draft in training camp (if that’s even a thing this year).