Updated: 5-9-12, 12:55 p.m.
With the Bengals rookies coming into town Thursday, the team figures to try and get signatures on contracts for at least some of its draft picks. For instance, it's believed the Bengals are close to a deal with Boise State safety
BRACE FOR SPEED: When the Bengals rookies convene for their first of five workouts Friday morning in Paul Brown Stadium, the little-known guys are going to make their presence felt with their speed. Especially at wide receiver, led by a pair of free agents.
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"The more you can get the better; let's see it," Urban said of the speed.
It looks like the Bengals are in no hurry to add a veteran to their young receiver corps, although they could before everyone gets on the field May 22 for the start of voluntary workouts.
Despite Monday's reports that the Bengals have expressed interest in Braylon Edwards, it's hard to tell when they did. As of Tuesday morning there didn't appear to be a workout or visit set up.
At 29, Edwards is reportedly coming off knee and shoulder injuries and if the Bengals bring him in he'll no doubt undergo medical scrutiny reserved for presidents and prime ministers. The last time they signed a 29-year-old wide receiver coming off a knee injury, Antonio Bryant wasn't healthy enough to play a snap in 2010.
Edwards, the third pick in the 2005 draft, has been on three teams in the last three years and the 49ers chose not to bring him back when the 35-year-old Randy Moss came out of retirement.
Former Texans wide receiver Jacoby Jones is another veteran that may be on Cincinnati's radar, but it doesn't appear the Bnegals have jumped in on his travel agenda yet that has already hit Carolina and Baltimore.
Speed won't be reserved just for the offense this weekend.
If he gets in a jump ball with Moore, it should be interesting. Published reports had Moore's vertical at the combine 43.5 inches, an inch and a half off the combine record.
BELL RETIRES: Less than a month after signing a one-year deal with the Bengals, guard
Citing a source PFT reported that Bell, 31, an eight-year veteran had lost his desire. The Bengals have lost 100 games of experience, but when Cincinnati took Wisconsin's
ADD TWO: The Bengals claimed two players off waivers Tuesday in former Bengals guard