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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Bengals free-agency notes

By James Walker
ESPN.com

The Cincinnati Bengals are making moves before the start of free agency.

First, the team offered six restricted free agents tenders Thursday afternoon. Those players are cornerback David Jones, defensive end Frostee Rucker, guard Evan Mathis and linebackers Brandon Johnson, Rashad Jeanty and Abdul Hodge.

Second, the team terminated the contract of veteran receiver Laveranues Coles, who spent just one season in Cincinnati. The Bengals signed Coles to a $28 million contract in an effort to replace T.J. Houshmandzadeh. But Coles never was a good fit and will become an unrestricted free agent.

Cincinnati already was in the market for receivers, but look for that to be even more magnified following Coles' departure.