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A brief run-down of league news of Bengal interest:

Profootballtalk.com’s latest mock, released today and taking into account the McNabb trade, has Earl Thomas falling to the Bengals at #21.  Reports are that the team is high on the University of Texas S/CB,  who ran a 4.37 40 yard dash and is considered a ball-hawking, aggressive playmaker in the mold of Ravens S Ed Reed.

Bengals.com confirms that Bobbie Williams has signed a contract and is in the fold for 2010.  It’s a two-year deal.  So scratch one of the 3 pre-draft “things left to do” off the list.  To complete a highly successful offseason, the team still needs to bring in a veteran TE and sign Marvin Lewis to an extension before Aprill 22nd.

The Rams released QB Marc Bulger today.  This probably confirms that the  Rams have every intention of drafting QB Sam Bradford first overall.  Why do we care?  Because I’d highly recommend that the Bengals bring Bulger  in as a replacement for J.T. O’Sullivan.  Bulger was very successful early in his career, running an offense for Mike Martz that is very similar to the one Bob Bratkowski runs in Cincinnati.  Bulger would provide a more competent and experienced back-up to Carson Palmer.

PFT also reports that Chicago TE Desmond Clark appears to be on his way out in Chicago.  Could the Bengals have an interest?

Confirming conventional wisdom that the team will draft a TE at some point, National Football Post is reporting that BYU TE Dennis Pitta is visiting the team on Tuesday.  Details on Pitta can be found here.  He’s projected to go in the 3rd round.  The Bengals have 2 3rd round picks.

Looks very Chase Coffman-ish to me….

And lastly, speaking of TE’s, former Bengals TE Ben Utecht will sing the National Anthem at Opening Day for the Reds.

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