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Friday, March 23, 2012
Bengals sign journeyman DE Derrick Harvey

By Jamison Hensley

The Cincinnati Bengals bolstered their depth by adding defensive end Derrick Harvey and offensive lineman Anthony Collins on Friday.

If you're like me, your first reaction was: Derrick Harvey is still in the league?

OK, I did know he was in the NFL but only when it was reported that he visited the Bengals. Harvey has gone from being a top-10 pick for the Jaguars in 2008 to a journeyman defensive end. The Bengals will be his third team in three seasons.

Harvey, 25, who was taken eighth overall (one spot ahead of Keith Rivers), has totaled eight sacks in four forgettable seasons. He went from starting 16 games in 2009 to seven starts in 2010 to no starts in five games last season, his first and only season with the Denver Broncos.

The Bengals need depth on the defensive line after losing Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene in free agency. Michael Johnson is expected to return to the starting lineup, and Harvey could back him up. The other defensive ends for the Bengals are Robert Geathers and Carlos Dunlap.

By re-signing Collins, the Bengals also provide depth to the offensive line. Collins, 26, has always been a promising offensive tackle but hasn't been able to surpass left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right tackle Andre Smith. There had been some talk that Collins could move to guard in order to get into the starting lineup.

The Bengals are apparently not done with signings today. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the team could add another defensive lineman or two.