Monday, April 16, 2012
Bengals take a look at ex-Steelers receiver
By Jamison Hensley
Some thought it would be a good move if the Cincinnati Bengals went after Pittsburgh restricted free agent Mike Wallace. Instead, the Bengals have decided to take a look at a wide receiver no longer on the Steelers roster -- Limas Sweed.
In a tweet that I had to read over five times to believe, the Bengals worked out Sweed on Friday, a league source told the Cincinnati Enquirer. For those Steelers fans who have burst in uncontrollable laughter, take a few moments to regroup before reading the rest of the blog. And, to be clear, the Bengals brought in Sweed for a workout. They didn't sign him to a contract.
This follows the Bengals' MO. They have become an organization that is willing to give high draft picks another shot at success. It's hard to argue with Cincinnati's method after it worked with safety Reggie Nelson, who was a first-round bust with the Jaguars.
Still, the Bengals' rehabilitation project will be taking it to the extreme if Cincinnati decided to sign Sweed, a second-round pick in 2008 who became one of the few embarrassments of the Kevin Colbert era. I don't have the actual numbers, but I'm pretty sure Sweed had more easy drops during his three seasons than catches (seven). That's a big reason why Sweed was out of football in 2011.
Few can forget Sweed dropping a touchdown pass in the AFC championship game against the Ravens three years ago. The Bengals saw Sweed's hands of stone early in the 2009 season, when he dropped what would have been a 34-yard touchdown pass in Pittsburgh's 23-20 loss at Cincinnati. If the Bengals were looking to give a wide receiver some redemption, they should have went after Lee Evans, who at least has a better track record than Sweed.
In the big picture, this would be a low-risk move for the Bengals. Sweed has good size (6-foot-4) and speed. But a major part of this game is mental, and Sweed has to prove he has the confidence to compete in this league.