With the addition of Rams veteran left guard Jacob Bell the Bengals have added interior depth to the offensive line with another guy hefting about 100 NFL starts.
According to multiple reports that include the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Bengals have agreed to a one-year deal with Bell as he heads into his eighth season out of Miami University with most of his 100 NFL starts at left guard.
Last month the Bengals signed Panthers left guard and left tackle
Bell is known as an athletic sort who is comfortable enough on the right side that when the Rams took a bunch of injuries on the line they mulled putting him at right tackle. The Titans, who drafted Bell in the fifth round in 2004, thought enough of his versatility to consider him at center in a pinch.
There are also indications the Bengals could be close to re-signing backup right tackle
The Bell move offers more indications the Bengals are still keeping a wary eye on Williams's rehab off ankle surgery and aren't prepared yet to re-sign the man that has been their starting right guard in 118 of the 128 games that have been played since he signed as a free agent in 2004.
Boling, a fourth-round pick out of Georgia in 2011, started the first three games of his rookie year before veteran Mike McGlynn took his place backing up Williams. McGlynn signed last month with the Colts, leaving Boling No. 1 on the depth chart at right guard.
Hudson, a fifth-round pick out of Eastern Illinois in 2010, has yet to appear in a game. His promising 2011 training camp (when line coach Paul Alexander said Hudson and right tackle