Updated: 4 p.m.
In what looks to be the move to make room for fullback Fui Vakapuna, the Bengals on Tuesday terminated the contract of long-time backup offensive lineman Scott Kooistra. Kooistra one of the Marvin originals from the 2003 team, played in two games this season and was inactive for the other five. He has played 82 games (one start) since being selected out of North Carolina State by Cincinnati in the seventh round of the '03 draft.
Kooistra’s release leaves the Bengals with 52 players on the roster and would seem to indicate that first-round pick
The agent for Vakapuna said Tuesday his client has agreed to re-sign with the club. Since the Bengals don't announce deals until they are signed, it appears Vakapuna plans to sign his contract when he arrives in town. Agent Dave Lee said Vakapuna is moving to the 53-man roster from the Arizona practice squad, where he has been since the Bengals released him just before the start of the regular season.
The Bengals also signed rookie tackle
The Bengals drafted the 6-0, 260-pound Vakapuna in the seventh round out of Brigham Young and installed him as the No. 1 fullback heading into training camp. But veteran
Yet Vakapuna impressed them with his athleticism and size and he looks to be providing insurance for Johnson after he sprained his knee against the Bears nine days ago. Johnson said he would be OK for Baltimore, but he didn't practice Monday.
The 6-6, 335-pound Kooistra, 29 proved to be a valued reserve at tackle and guard. His release leaves Jeremi Johnson, quarterback
The move also leaves the Bengals with nine offensive linemen that includes four tackles in Smith and