Changing of guard; Three corners visit


Clint Boling

Updated: 2:25 p.m.

With word that starting left guard Nate Livings has signed a five-year deal in Dallas, the Bengals are looking at revamping both guard spots.

Clint Boling moves to the top of the depth chart at right guard with Mike McGlynn's departure to the Colts and some names have surfaced to replace Livings. The Bengals confirmed Jacob Bell's visit Friday and it's believed the club has set up a visit with at least one other veteran starter.

Livings, celebrating his 30th birthday Friday, started all 33 games the past two seasons. Reports have him getting $19 million total and $6 million guaranteed. 

The Bengals are casing cornerbacks in free agency in a bid to supplement starters Leon Hall and Nate Clements and hosted their third veteran Friday in Houston's Jason Allen.

Hall is coming back from an Achilles tear and Clements, 32, is headed into the last year of his deal. The Bengals haven't sprung out to keep last year's current backups, Adam Jones and Kelly Jennings, and are targeting other free agents.

The 6-1, 200-pound Allen, 28, a former No. 1 pick of the Dolphins, has played both corner and safety, but the Bengals would probably play him at just cornerback. In a backup role last season in Houston he played nearly 50 percent of the snaps (561) and had four interceptions.

The Bengals also confirmed the visits of Giants Super Bowl safety Aaron Ross and Saints cornerback Tracy Porter to Paul Brown Stadium.

Ross, 29, started the last two seasons for the Giants and Porter, 25, made a huge interception return for a touchdown a few years ago when the Saints beat the Colts. All three can play outside with Hall or Clements moving into the slot in passing situations.

Also confirmed visiting Friday was Colts defensive end Jamaal Anderson. The 6-5, 288-pound Anderson, 26, the eighth pick in the 2007 draft, has 7.5 career sacks in 48 starts and is coming off a season he played 419 snaps with three sacks as the Bengals seek to add to their defensive line rotation with the loss of backup end Frostee Rucker and end tackle Jon Fanene. McGlynn, 27, picked up on waivers from the Eagles the week before last season, started the last three games at right guard and the playoff game after Bobbie Williams broke his ankle. It was basically the first action of his career at right guard and ProFootballTalk.com said Thursday night McGlynn could compete for a starting job in Indy.

As PFT noted, there is a connection. The Eagles drafted McGlynn in 2008 when current Colts GM Ryan Grigson was their director of college scouting. Beyond that, Grigson has high regard for Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander, his position coach when the Bengals drafted him in the mid-'90s.

Boling, drafted in the fourth round last year, started the first three games of Williams's four-game suspension until McGlynn got settled and started the last one. With indications the Bengals are going to move slowly on Williams's free-pgent status as he recovers from surgery, Boling now looks to be No. 1 again.

It would also suggest that guard Otis Hudson, a fifth-round pick in 2010, is still in Cincinnati's plans.  Bell has started 100 games in Tennessee and St. Louis. He was one of several players that various media outlets reported were at PBS on Thursday and that the club confirmed Friday morning. Also confirmed were a pair of defensive tackles in Kendall Langford (Miami) and Andre Fluellen (Detroit).

There were no deals announced as those visits ended and it's believed the Bengals were also talking to safety Reggie Nelson's agent as his client planned to visit the Jets on Friday. Langford is reportedly headed to St. Louis next and possibly Green Bay. The norm is that if a player is going to agree to terms, he'll do it during the visit but that's not always the case. Deals have been known to get done anywhere anytime. But what has to take place before any deal is finalized is a physical.

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