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Bengals keeping defense together

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Posted April 01, 2010 @ 7:06 p.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

Undoubtedly, the signing of ex-Buccaneers WR Antonio Bryant in March was the Bengals' most significant individual move of the offseason. The Bengals' offseason moves on defense have received less attention. but they have been important. The Bengals re-signed UFA DT Tank Johnson and UFA SS Roy Williams, both of whom are expected to start in 2010. The re-signing of Johnson, who had a solid first season with Cincinnati, is particularly important, the way we hear it. Also, the Bengals retained RFA LBs Abdul Hodge and Rashad Jeanty, who are reliable backups. (They are also expected to be able to keep RFA LB Brandon Johnson, an important part of their "sub" packages, provided he doesn't sign a lucrative offer sheet elsewhere. Considering that the signing team would have to surrender a second-round pick, this seems unlikely.) The re-signing of RFA DE Frostee Rucker helps the Bengals' D-line depth, too, as Antwan Odom comes off an Achilles tendon injury. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Rucker has the size needed to play either end or tackle. Indeed, the Bengals, who finished fourth in yards allowed a season ago, have seen no reason to make sweeping changes to the depth chart.


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