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Bengals Cut Fullback Jermi Johnson

From: Stripe

Part of Marvin Lewis’ inaugural draft class in 2003, Johnson came into camp this year well over his weight limit, was placed on the PUP list, and eventually moved to IR after suffering a knee injury.

Johnson’s release reduces to two the number of 2003 draft picks remaining on the Bengals’ roster, QB Carson Palmer (first round) and backup offensive lineman Scott Kooistra (seventh round). The Bengals had nine selections in the ‘03 draft.

2004 picks Chris Perry (first) and Stacy Andrews (fourth) and 2005 pick Eric Ghiaciuc all appear headed for the exit after this season. If so, that would mean that of the 27 picks the Bengals had in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 drafts — almost four full normal drafts worth of selections — just five would remain with the team: Palmer, Kooistra, Robert Geathers, Chris Henry and Jonathan Fanene. Of those, Palmer and Henry would be the only top-three-round selections, out of a total of 11, still around.

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