According to ProFootballTalk.com, Bengals linebacker Rashad Jeanty has signed his restricted free agent tender.
Jeanty recorded a career high 96 tackles in 15 starts last season. The Bengals offered him the second-round restricted free agent tender at the beginning of the free agency period.
Today was the last day for restricted free agents to sign their tenders.
I'm probably in the minority, but I don't believe Jeanty is a starting caliber player.
He could provide excellent depth and has been a big contributor on special teams in the past. Expected to be an above average pass rusher when he was initially signed, Jeanty has gone through three seasons (38 career games) without recording a sack.
Had David Pollack not suffered his career-ending neck injury, Jeanty wouldn't have seen much of the field. Yet, we are almost three years removed from that injury and the Bengals still haven't sufficiently addressed the position. I'd expect the Bengals to look at strong side linebacker candidates in the third round of the draft.