Pair of free-agent guards visited Bengals

March, 14, 2014
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CINCINNATI -- A pair of free-agent guards visited the Cincinnati Bengals this week.

Uche Nwaneri and Vladimir Ducasse, met with the Bengals hours after Cincinnati lost out in the sweepstakes for its most highly coveted free-agent offensive lineman.

Tackle Anthony Collins was considering an offer from the Bengals but signed Thursday with Tampa Bay.

The visits are clear signs the Bengals are trying to shore up depth on the interior of their offensive line. They also could suggest the Bengals are sold on moving backup guard/center Mike Pollak into the starting center role. If he ends up there, Pollak would be taking over for Kyle Cook, who was released Tuesday. Cincinnati re-signed Pollak last weekend.

Nwaneri spent the last seven seasons with the Jaguars before getting cut last week. Since 2008, he appeared in all of Jacksonville's games. The Jaguars' rushing offense ranked 31st last season, averaging just under 79 yards per game. Last offseason, Nwaneri was rehabbing from knee surgery. He went on to start all 16 games in the regular season.

Ducasse is an unrestricted free agent who was a 2010 second-round draft pick from Massachusetts. He's spent his entire career with the Jets. He has started five games in his career for the Jets, four of which came in 2013.

Penalties were a problem for Ducasse last season. In Weeks 3 and 4 alone, he combined for six infractions, including three false starts. He didn't play much after that, only appearing in spot duty. The most snaps he saw in a game after Week 4 was 12 in the season finale. He didn't play a single down in the Jets' 49-9 loss at Cincinnati in late October.

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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