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Strategy And Personnel

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FRANCHISE PLAYER
PK Mike Nugent (tendered at $2.654 million; signed April 25).

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

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

--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.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

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

--LS Clark Harris: RFA tendered at $1.26M with seventh-round pick as compensation); 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.

--TE Donald Lee: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--S Jeromy Miles: ERFA; $540,000/1 yr.

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

--PK Mike Nugent: Franchise FA; $2.654M/1 yr.

--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.

--OT Dennis Roland: UFA; terms unknown.

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

--LB Dan Skuta: RFA tendered at $1.26M with no compensation); $1.26M/1 yr.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

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

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

--OG Jacob Bell: UFA Rams; 1 yr, terms unknown.

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

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

--CB Terence Newman: FA Cowboys; terms unknown.

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

PLAYERS LOST

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

--S Chris Crocker (released).

--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.

--CB Rico Murray (released).

--LB Keith Rivers (traded Giants).

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

--WR Jerome Simpson: UFA Vikings; 1 yr, terms unknown.

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