Friday, April 16, 2010
Bengals searching for veteran TE?
By James Walker
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis held his pre-draft news conference Friday. Usually, not much comes from these gatherings, but Lewis offered at least one interesting nugget.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer quotes Lewis saying the Bengals may add a veteran tight end before next week's NFL draft. Although Lewis didn't mention anyone by name, the first players that come to mind are Greg Olsen of the Chicago Bears and Tony Scheffler of the Denver Broncos. (Reedy agrees with Scheffler.)
There's been plenty of speculation involving both tight ends. Olsen has a new offensive coordinator in Mike Martz, who traditionally doesn't throw to the tight end, while Scheffler appears on the outs in Denver and signed his tender this week.
"I think some of it could be addressed prior to the draft, but I do feel we are where we are and we don't need to panic in any way," Lewis said of his tight ends Friday.
The Bengals also are looking at various tight ends in the NFL draft, including top prospects Jermaine Gresham and Aaron Hernandez. But the possibility of signing a proven commodity is certainly intriguing and could potentially erase one need from their draft board.