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Bengals bolster defense with Thornton, Hardy

Originally Published: March 6, 2003
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Reacting swiftly to the news that standout linebacker Takeo Spikes had signed an offer sheet with the Buffalo Bills earlier in the day, the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night struck two deals with veteran free agents to bolster their defense.

The Bengals reached contract agreements with defensive tackle John Thornton and linebacker Kevin Hardy, certainly two of the better unrestricted players at their positions.

The moves could signal the end of Spikes' five-year career with the club. ...

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