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The Bengals were supposed to visit with defensive tackle Amobi Okoye this week, but that has been pushed back to next week due to the coaching staff being at Notre Dame's Pro Day. If he was to be signed, it would add yet another former first-round pick to the defense.


1. Guard: The Bengals have never drafted a guard in the first round but with Bobbie Williams and Nate Livings being free agents (Livings signed with Dallas), they need to find someone who they can plug in there for the next five years and not worry about. It would be a similar situation to tackle, where they are set with Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith.

2. Wide receiver: A.J. Green can stretch the field and provide the big plays, but now the task is finding someone to pair with him. They also need to find a dependable option on short and medium routes.

3. Defensive line: With the losses of Jonathan Fanene (New England) and Frostee Rucker (New England), the Bengals are lacking depth on a line that had the deepest rotation in the league. The Bengals have added Jamaal Anderson and Derrick Harvey, but could continue to build depth through the draft.

No updates.

PK Mike Nugent (tendered at $2.654 million).



--RB Cedric Benson has three straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Bengals but offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wants to go more with a running back by committee approach which Benson has balked at. Expect both sides to have a mutual parting of the ways.

--CB Kelly Jennings was mainly the corner in nickel situations once Leon Hall went down due to injury. Considering the lack of depth in the secondary, they would like to re-sign him.

--LB Brandon Johnson has been a key backup at weak-side linebacker and has been one of the top players on special teams. He is looking for a multi-year deal after three straight seasons on one-year contracts.

--TE Donald Lee was plagued by injuries the second half of the season but was a good mentor to Jermaine Gresham and Colin Cochart. He could return on another one-year deal.

--OT Dennis Roland saw his snap counts go down this season and was mainly used as a blocking tight end. Not expected to return.

--TE Bo Scaife spent all of last season on injured reserve after injuring his neck. He is not expected to be back.

--WR Jerome Simpson has plenty of athletic potential and set career highs in catches (50), yards (725) and touchdowns (four), but he is also facing a four-game suspension stemming from pleading guilty to marijuana possession. Could be re-signed in May depending on the team's activity in free agency.

--OG Bobbie Williams went into last season with the team's longest streak of consecutive games but ended up serving four games for a violation of the league's policy on performance enhancing substances then fractured his ankle late in the season and missed the last three games. Going into his 13th year despite being entrenched at right guard, he is not a priority to re-sign.

--S Gibril Wilson saw a mix of defensive and special teams snaps after missing 2010 due to a knee injury. Could be back on a one-year deal.


--LS Clark Harris (tendered at $1.26M with seventh-round pick as compensation) has made 395 straight clean snaps.

--LB Dan Skuta (tendered at $1.26M with no compensation) started three games in the middle last season and could be looked upon more if Rey Maualuga begins the season on suspension.


--S Jeromy Miles (tendered at $540,000) was used almost exclusively on special teams and led the team in tackles with 15.


--OT Anthony Collins: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--DT Nick Hayden: Potential ERFA; $615,000/1 yr.

--CB Adam Jones: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--LB Manny Lawson: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--S Reggie Nelson: UFA; $18M/4 yrs.

--RB Cedric Peerman: Potential ERFA; $615,000/1 yr, terms unknown.

--FB Chris Pressley: Potential RFA; $2.1M/2 yrs.

--LB Vincent Rey: Potential ERFA; $450,000/1 yr.

--DT Pat Sims: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.


--CB Jason Allen: UFA Texans; $8.2M/2 yrs.

--DE Jamaal Anderson: UFA Colts; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: UFA Patriots; $9M/3 yrs.

--DE Derrick Harvey: UFA Broncos; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--OG Travelle Wharton: FA Panthers; $10M/3 yrs, $3.2M guaranteed.


--WR Andre Caldwell: UFA Broncos; $1.8M/2 yrs.

--DE Jonathan Fanene: UFA Patriots; $12M/3 yrs, $3.85M guaranteed.

--OG Nate Livings: UFA Cowboys; $19M/5 yrs, $6.2M guaranteed.

--OG Mike McGlynn: UFA Colts; terms unknown.

--DE Frostee Rucker: UFA Browns; $21M/5 yrs, $8M guaranteed.

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