Bengals.com and the Cincinnati Enquirer have both reported that C Kyle Cook has signed his one-year tender offer from the Bengals. Cook was a restricted free agent.
The signing allows the 2009 Bengals Gab Anthony Munoz Award Winner to participate in off-season work-outs and prepare for the OTA’s with his teammates. Cook was in our view the single most important reason for the team’s success running the football last year.
Offensive line coach Paul Alexander agrees. “He’s big, he’s strong, he’s tough, and as the center, he’s a leader – the brains of the operation,” Alexander said in a statement. As reported earlier, Cook helped the team get a franchise record eight 100-yard rushing days in 2009 (Six by Cedric Benson, and one each by Larry Johnson and Bernard Scott)
There are rumors that the team would like to sign Cook long-term, and the two sides are working on a deal.
In the meantime, another important piece to the puzzle is locked up for the 2010 season, which is nothing but more good news added to a successful offseason.
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