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Notes: Detmer visits

Updated: 4-26-07, 7:05 p.m.

The agent for former Eagles quarterback Koy Detmer confirmed his client's Thursday visit to the Bengals but Joby Branion said he had yet to begin negotiations with the club.

Detmer, 33, didn't throw a pass last season in Philadelphia, where he spent his entire career after the Eagles took him in the seventh round in 1997. Detmer has 10 career touchdown passes and 14 interceptions with a 61.2 career passer rating and fits the mold of a veteran backup behind Carson Palmer and Doug Johnson.

The Bengals worked out former 49ers and Bucs backup Tim Rattay last week. On Tuesday, head coach Marvin Lewis wouldn't discuss if the club is pondering signing a veteran quarterback or college free agent or both, or taking one in the late rounds Sunday.

STILL LOOKING: Chances for linebacker Ed Hartwell may be better with Denver signing two veteran backers in D.D. Lewis and Warrick Holdman.

Harold Lewis, Hartwell's agent, reiterated Thursday that he's still talking to the Bengals but there doesn't appear to be much action with a team that looks to putting the draft first.



SETTING THE MARKET?: The potential price tag for Bengals defensive end Justin Smith got interesting Thursday with word that the Saints have reached a long-term deal with their own franchised end, Charles Grant, that reports say give him $20 million in guaranteed money and $24 million in the first three years of a seven-year deal.

The Bengals, who don't appear to be in deep talks with Smith about the long term, have until July 15 to get a longer contract with Smith. After that, the $8.6 million franchise tag counts against the Bengals salary cap for the rest of the season.

Grant has played 80 games in five seasons with 298 tackles and 36 sacks. Smith has played in 95 games during six seasons with 524 tackles and 41.5 sacks.

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