Bengals sign first-round OG Zeitler

Posted May 25, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bengals have signed the second of their two first-round picks, agreeing to terms on Friday with OG Kevin Zeitler. As with all first-rounders, the deal is four years with an option for a fifth. Financial terms were not announced.

Zeitler, selected 27th overall, has a chance to start immediately for the Bengals. A strong and smart player, the 6-4, 315-pound Wisconsin product could be the team’s right guard in Week One.

“We continue to get our draft picks in the fold, and I credit everyone involved in getting Kevin’s deal done,” head coach Marvin Lewis said. “He’s a young man who we feel will be ready to play a lot of football for us as a rookie, and this only aids him working toward that goal.”

Last year’s No. 27 pick, Ravens CB Jimmy Smith, agreed to a contract worth $7.46 million. It is expected Zeitler will sign for a similar amount.

“I’m happy with what we’ve worked out and I’m very grateful to the Bengals for the confidence they’ve shown in me,” Zeitler said. “Now there’s nothing in the way to my working extremely hard to justify that and be a positive force for our team.”

Zeitler is the eighth of the Bengals’ 10 rookies to agree to a contract. Fellow first-round pick Dre’ Kirkpatrick signed his contract earlier in the week.   

Read Zeitler’s full PFW scouting report here.