News

Print
RSS

Update: Kooistra released; Agent says Vakapuna back

Posted Nov 3, 2009

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 Andre Smith is close to playing. Last week head coach Marvin Lewis said he hoped Smith would be available for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against Baltimore at Paul Brown Stadium.

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 Gerald Cadogan of Penn State to the practice squad to fill the spot vacated by fullback Chris Pressley’s departure to Tampa Bay last week. The 6-5, 310-pound Cadogan was a college free agent with Carolina and played in one preseason game for the Panthers before being waived Aug. 31. He played four seasons (2005-08) at Penn State and started every game his last two years, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior. Cadogan’s signing brings the Bengals practice squad to its full complement of eight players.
 
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 Jeremi Johnson came out of the No. 3 spot to reclaim the job, the Bengals put the rookie free agent Pressley on the practice squad, and cut Vakapuna.

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 Carson Palmer, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, and kicker Shayne Graham as the only players left from Lewis' first team.

The move also leaves the Bengals with nine offensive linemen that includes four tackles in Smith and Anthony Collins, and starters Andrew Whitworth and Dennis Roland. Starting left guard Evan Mathis has practiced at all five spots during his career.  

 

Recent Articles

  • Listing into OTAs

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 22, 2015

    Views: 10,870
  • Bengals make some extra points in PAT move

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 20, 2015

    The Bengals’ Mike Nugent is halfway to his goal of kicking 20 years in the NFL. Which means if he makes it, half his career will come dealing with extra points that weren’t as automatic as they were during his first 10 seasons.

    Views: 11,964
  • Hobson's Choice: leaders in training

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 19, 2015

    The spine of the Bengals locker room still runs through Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko. But young leaders like Jeremy Hill (above) and Giovani Bernard are emerging.

    Views: 12,629
  • Justin Smith retirement closes out Bengals greatest draft class

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 18, 2015

    The retirement of 49ers defensive lineman Just Smith closes the books on the Bengals’ most successful draft ever.

    Views: 8,066
  • Hue and Hew

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 18, 2015

    The addition of four rookie tight ends means, for the moment, the Bengals can let Ryan Hewitt continue to develop into what some in the building already see as potentially the NFL's best fullback.

    Views: 8,702

Recent Videos

Photos