The first day of the off-season was not the best of days for the Bengals as starting right tackle Stacey Andrews has reportedly signed a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. ProFootballTallk.com broke the story Friday afternoon that it's a multi-year deal averaging $7 million per season. The deal hinges on Andrews passing a physical.
Andrews, who was the Bengals' franchise player last off-season, suffered a torn ACL late in the 2008 season. That could prompt the Eagles to defer any large payments until March 2010, after Andrews proves that he is 100 percent. He's a high risk signee for sure, but has as high of an upside of any player on the market at the position.
The Bengals were able to re-sign a couple of players on Friday.
Linebacker Chris Crocker a four-year deal worth $10 million with $3.5 million guaranteed, according to the team's website.
C. Trent Rosecrans of 1530Homer.com reported on his blog that the club also reached a deal with fourth-year running back DeDe Dorsey.
Other news/rumors of impact...
--The team would like to resign running back Cedric Benson, but free agent Derrick Ward, who contributed greatly to the Giants' running attack in '08, is visiting Cincinnati this weekend, according to the Newark-Star Ledger
reported that Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is headed for a visit to Seattle.
--If T.J. does leave the Bengals may turn to veteran receiver Bryant Johnson, according to Geoff Hobson.
--The Bengals were interested in signing center Jeff Saturday, but the Colts re-signed him on Thursday.
--A reunion with ex-Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis would make some sense on a couple fronts, at least some at CNNSI.com think so. It would give Ray Lewis the chance for revenge against Baltimore in the AFC North twice a year, and both Marvin Lewis and Bengals owner Mike Brown are said to be desperate to add some leadership to their rudderless team.