Bengals Kick Tires On Adalius Thomas

Joe Reedy reports that the Bengals had several free agents in for try-outs on Wednesday, including former Raven and Patriot OLB Adalius Thomas.

The bye week is a naturally good time to evaluate street free agents that could help the club, and Thomas’ pass rushing abilities have to appeal to the Bengals as they rank near the bottom of the league in sacks.  Thomas played for Marvin Lewis during his first two seasons in Baltimore, and could potential be a swing player, lining up as an OLB or DE depending upon alignment.

Frankly I’m surprised the Bengals waited so long to take a look at him, but it can be assumed that up until now they felt their linebackers on the roster were younger and as effective.  My feeling is that neither Keith Rivers nor Rey Maualuga bring much of a pass-rushing threat.  Micheal Johnson is their best option at linebacker, but he’s a converted DE.  Adding Thomas could give the defense a boost, particularly in third down situations in which Mike Zimmer has typically had to blitz to produce any kind of hurrying out of opposing quarterback.

On an interesting side note, they also looked at WR’s Michael Clayton and James Hardy, two young guys who haven’t lived up to their draft status in their early careers.  While I like the idea of adding a guy that might be about to come into his own, why are they doing it?  Are they looking to pad the roster for the post T.Ocho show, or are they finally losing patience with Jerome Simpson?  I hate to be pessimistic on the kid, but he has yet to contribute 2 and a quarter seasons into his pro career.  If the light bulb hasn’t come on yet, it probably isn’t going to.

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