With the Cincinnati Bengals down two key players on the edge, they’re working out one of the more notable edge defenders now on the market.
Today, the Bengals hosted free agent defensive end Noah Spence for a workout. This comes following injuries to defensive ends Khalid Kareem and Joseph Ossai.
Spence, who was released by the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 16th, hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2019 with the Washington Football Team (seven games). He was the 39th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and spent his first three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, followed by one season in Washington.
After being cut prior to the 2019 season, Spence eventually signed with the Saints that December, then re-signed with them during the offseason. However, he tore his ACL in May of 2020, missed the entire season, was re-signed this past offseason, then released earlier this week.
For his career, Spence has 7.5 sacks, 16 QB hits, 37 total tackles and three tackles for loss in 41 games (six starts).
The Bengals are likely just doing due diligence and keeping a list of guys to potentially sign if more injuries happen at this position. As of now, Kareem and Ossai aren’t expected to miss significant time.