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Old 08-30-2008, 01:38 PM   #1
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Even though he returned to practice last week, the Bengals apparently decided they hadn't seen enough of the new and improved Rudi Johnson this summer and cut the man projected to once be their bell-cow running back in 2008.

Peter Schaffer, his agent, said Saturday from Denver, "That's what we've been told."

The Bengals are expected to announce their cuts at head coach Marvin Lewis' 3 p.m. Saturday news conference.

"We want to keep this positive," said Schaffer, who negotiated a five-year deal for Johnson that had two years left. "Obviously we got wind they were moving in a different direction when (ESPN) reported they were trying to trade him. We think Rudi's got plenty of football left and we're going to look for the best situation for him."

Johnson's release, which first surfaced on ProFootballTalk.com Saturday afternoon, appears to leave the Bengals with three running backs in Chris Perry, Kenny Watson, and DeDe Dorsey. Lewis, showing some impatience with Johnson's lingering hamstring problem, made Perry the starter a few weeks ago.

It may not be a John McCain-sized gamble, but it's a gamble just the same for the Bengals. They have basically exchanged one of their most durable running backs of all time for one of their most fragile in Perry.

But the Bengals must also think it's a gamble to keep Johnson after basically no training camp, a stretch during which Lewis has harped on the importance of practicing.

Johnson, who turns 29 in a month, hurt his hamstring in the first week of camp and never played in a preseason game during a curious August the Bengals reportedly tried to trade him.

Perry, who has been healthy for an entire season only once in his five NFL seasons, practiced nearly every day and while he only averaged 3.1 yards per carry in the preseason, he was able to carry 39 times for the most active four-game stretch of his career.

But before he hurt his hamstring last year and was limited to 2.9 yards per his 170 carries, Johnson had made his mark as a relentless inside runner supplying first-down reliability. From 2004-2006 he led the NFL in carries and twice set the Bengals' season rushing record after taking over for Corey Dillon late in the 2003 season. He also has three of the four busiest seasons by a back in Bengals history, topped by his 361 carries in 2004.

Still, Johnson claimed earlier this week that the Bengals have been trying to get rid of him ever since they drafted him out of Auburn in the fourth round in 2001. And there were some grumblings about his inability to hit the home run.

Since 2006 he has averaged 3.5 yards per carry and hasn't had a run longer than 22 yards in 29 straight games and a run longer than 33 yards in 48 straight games.

Throw in Johnson's hamstring problems and their inability to see what he can do, and it appears the Bengals weren't going to spend $3.5 million this season on Johnson's salary to find out.

One slim option is they could re-sign Johnson at a lower rate.

Could one landing spot be Miami? While head coach of the Cowboys, Bill Parcells expressed interest in Johnson amid a flurry of Dillon trade rumors in 2003.

The Bengals figure to save about $3 million on the salary cap with the move.
He'd sure look good in the B&G for vet minimum.
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He'd sure look good in the B&G for vet minimum.
He'd probably acutally perform up to his potential then
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Na I'd pass.... like the current RB's o our roster...
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What running backs do they have left.


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Default Re: Rudi Johnson Cut

You guys might actually be interested in this one:

Willie Anderson: Bengals just cut me
Posted by MarkCurnutte at 8/30/2008 3:24 PM EDT on Cincinnati.com

Bengals right tackle Willie Anderson has been released by the Bengals.

"They wanted me to take a pay cut," Anderson told The Enquirer. "I wouldn't do it."
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Willie Anderson: Bengals just cut me
Posted by MarkCurnutte at 8/30/2008 3:24 PM EDT on Cincinnati.com

Bengals right tackle Willie Anderson has been released by the Bengals.

"They wanted me to take a pay cut," Anderson told The Enquirer. "I wouldn't do it."
Isn't like the Steelers have cap room. Besides it would take too much time to get that "bungal" mentality out of his head.
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Isn't like the Steelers have cap room. Besides it would take too much time to get that "bungal" mentality out of his head.
I hear ya man, but he would be a good addition. Regardless of the colors he has worn, he is a solid o-lineman. And we all know we could use a few more of those.
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Default Bengals cut Willie Anderson

Anyone think we should go after him? Maybe we could use the help on our line. I know the whole "somebody else's reject" thing, but maybe in this case someone else's may be better than some of what we have.

My bad. I searched forum with Willie Anderson as key word, and didn't see this thread. Sorry for redundant thread.

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Is Willie Anderson better than Colon or Starks? If he's just a clone of either, it's not worth the money. Besides, we probably can't afford him anyway.
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Default Re: Rudi Johnson and Willie Anderson Cut

I'd pass on Johnson. If he can't make the Bungles with what they have at RB, he would definately not make it here.
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