Three free agents from the Bengals 2012 roster will find themselves in new homes for 2013. Linebacker Manny Lawson agreed to a deal with the Buffalo Bills. Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski agreed to a deal with the Steelers and K Josh Brown signed with the NY Giants.
Lawson started for the Bengals as the SAM, or strong outside linebacker in 2012. He played in all 16 games during the regular season and accumulated 39 tackles and two sacks. He signed a four year, $12 million deal with the Buffalo Bills. Lawson’s vacancy increases the Bengals’ chances of filling the position via the NFL Draft.
It comes as no surprise that K Josh Brown tested the free agent market since the Bengals recently signed a two-year deal with local product Mike Nugent.
Nugent got injured prompting the Bengals to hold tryouts for kickers. Brown joined the Bengals just in time to play the Cowboys. He went 4/4 including a 52 yard field goal in the one-point loss. Brown went on to finish the season 11/12 with his only miss coming from 52 at Heinz Field. He has agreed to a deal with the NY Giants, replacing Lawrence Tynes.
Former backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski is now a Steeler. Gradkowski agreed to a three year deal to replace free agent backup quarterbacks Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch. Gradkowski is from the Pittsburgh area and will look to add security to the quarterback position.
Defensive Linemen Pat Sims has signed with the Oakland Raiders. The Bengals offered him a one year deal, as did the Raiders. While the offers were similar, the Oakland offer worked better in Sims' favor.
Sims was a backup to Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Regardless of the fact that he wasn't starting, Sims' impact in the running game could certainly be felt earning him the name, the "X Factor." His health and conditioning kept him from playing more but he should be a good fit in Oakland (Bengals.com)
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