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Bengals trim the roster

With the last mandatory mini-camp now in the books, an offseason roster overloaded, and nine draft picks still to sign, the Bengals predictably emptied some lockers today.

Gone are five players that would have had difficulty making the team anyway. The names:

  • CB Keiwan Ratliff:  The seventh-year, former second round pick of the Bengals was signed at the end of last season.  He was clearly caught in a numbers game at the DB position, with younger and more talented options ahead of him.
  • S Bryan Evans:  The rookie free agent signed after the draft didn’t look to have a chance with a healthy Roy Williams, Chris Crocker, Chinedum Ndukwe, and Gibril Wilson all ahead of him.
  • RB Walter Mendenhall: Rashad’s older brother had an uphill climb with a deep stable of backs ahead of him.
  • P Jake Richardson:  Unless he gets injured or pulls a Shayne Graham, Kevin Huber is the punter in Cincinnati  for the forseeable future.  Richardson had to knock everyone’s socks off to hang on to training camp.  Looks like that didn’t happen.
  • CB DeAngelo Willingham:  Willingham is younger than Ratliff, but with solid starters in Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall, promising nickel guy in the Jones’ (Adam and David), last year’s nickel coming back in Morgan Trent, and an exciting rookie 3rd rounder in Brandon Ghee, there was really no point in prolonging this young man’s fate.

The good news is the team can now focus on those draft picks as we prepare for the opening of camp in just a few short weeks.

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