Bengals release C Scott Wedige

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals opened their second week of voluntary workouts by releasing backup center Scott Wedige on Monday.

Wedige was signed by the Bengals entering Week 14 last season. He was on the practice squad for the final four games of the year. He was signed to a futures contract following the Bengals' wild-card round playoff loss, giving him a chance to be on the full team roster entering the 2014 season.

He wasn't expected to see any game action, playing behind center/guard Mike Pollak, Trevor Robinson and T.J. Johnson.

There's little to read into Wedige's release, but it does come 10 days before the NFL draft. The Bengals are in need of another center, and could look to add an offensive lineman with center experience. It's possible they cut Wedige to make room for another center to take practice repetitions at the position later this offseason. While coaches haven't and likely won't reveal anytime soon their plans for the center position, it appears that Pollak may end up starting there with Robinson and Johnson backing him up for now.

Wedige is the second center the Bengals have released this offseason. Last month they let go of starter Kyle Cook, who Pro Football Focus rated one of the worst centers in the league.