Bengals wait word

By GEOFF HOBSON

The Bengals are still waiting word on a variety of fronts:

  • They are waiting to hear from the agent for right tackle Willie Anderson about the new offer they sent him Monday. They are waiting for the magnetic resonance imaging test (MRI) to show up from Berlin on quarterback Eric Kresser's throwing shoulder. They are waiting to hear from the league on the resolution of the NFL Players Association's grievance against them regarding their franchise tag.

Terry Bolar, Anderson's agent, said today that he had nothing new to report. All indications from him and Anderson are that their major concerns are with structure, with Eagles right tackle Jon Runyan's six-year, $30.5 million deal the measuring stick.

Kresser hurt his right shoulder last weekend in NFL Europe and the club fears it could be anything from a tired muscle to a rotator cuff injury, but they won't know more until their doctors receive the MRI.

The club had no comment today on NFLPA president Gene Upshaw's statement that he's in no hurry to get the Bengals' franchise tag issue resolved. The Bengals hope the grievance will be dropped if they release wide receiver Carl Pickens. The club thought the case was headed toward a resolution fairly soon because their depositions were postponed with no new date given.

Bengals vice president Paul Brown hopes to meet or talk to Marvin Demoff next week, when Pro Bowl running back Corey Dillon's Los Angeles-based agent travels east. The talks are still at a standstill, frozen on Cincinnati's five-year, $18.3 million offer.

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