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Friday, March 23, 2012
Bengals add to their scouting department

By Jamison Hensley

Among the flurry of signings this afternoon in the AFC North, two important ones won't even get on the field.

The Bengals announced they hired two full-time scouts, Robert Livingston and Steven Radicevic, which is a positive step for a team that has a reputation for being short-staffed. Cincinnati had five scouts on its staff last season, and one is planning to retire.

One of the reasons why the Bengals went to the playoffs last season was because of their success in the draft. Taking wide receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton helped turn around a 4-12 team from a year ago.

This year's draft could help Cincinnati close the gap on the Ravens and Steelers. The Bengals have two first-round picks (17th and 21st picks overall) in next month's draft.