Hartwell talking; Andrews re-ups

Updated: 7:10 p.m.

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The Bengals are talking to veteran free agents Tim Rattay, a quarterback, and Ed Hartwell, a linebacker, but the duo are also talking to other teams.

Harold Lewis, the agent for Hartwell, said his client's top choice is Cincinnati and that he had a good negotiating session with the club Monday but other teams also have offers out to him. Hartwell is looking for a one-year deal and the Bengals are no doubt looking for a low deal that is heavy with incentives.

After a brief flirtation with the Jets, backup offensive lineman Stacy Andrews signed Monday a one-year deal believed to be the $1.35 million tender offer the club gave him in restricted free agency. Andrews visited the Jets two weeks ago, but New York apparently wasn't ready to give up a second-round pick, which is the compensation mandated by the offer.

The RFA window ended Friday with the Bengals losing only backup defensive tackle Shaun Smith after he signed a four-year, $8 million deal in Cleveland. Like Andrews, punter Kyle Larson signed his second-round tender. Linebacker Landon Johnson and cornerback Greg Brooks signed theirs that are worth $850,000. Linebacker Caleb Miller is also expected to sign his $850,000 tender.

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