The Bengals have come to an agreement with former Rams free-agent OG Jacob Bell on a one-year contract, Pro Football Talk reported Friday, citing a league source. Cincinnati has yet to confirm the signing, and no terms of the deal were reported.
The eight-year veteran spent the past four years in St. Louis, starting all 54 games in which he played during his tenure there. Bell played his first four NFL seasons in Tennessee.
In 12 games last season, Bell gave up 4.75 sacks, according to STATS LLC, and he committed four penalties, three of which were false starts. He missed the final four games of the season with an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, forcing him onto injured reserve.
The way we see it
After losing OGs Nate Livings (to Cowboys) and Mike McGlynn (to Colts) during the early days of free agency and 2011 starter Bobbie Williams still on the market, the Bengals have compensated by signing former Panthers OG Travelle Wharton and now Bell. Both newcomers could be in the running for starting OG jobs, along with 2011 rookie Clint Boling, who started the first three games but then was beaten out by McGlynn.