With the Ken Hamlin visit on Wednesday, the post-draft veteran watch begins.
But the Bengals wasted no time claiming a kid Tuesday when they plucked Cedric Peerman from waivers from the Lions. The Bengals eyed the 5-9, 210-pound Peerman before the Ravens drafted him in the sixth round last year and hopped all over him when Detroit cut him Monday.
They are looking for a backup that can go behind Cedric Benson, Brian Leonard and Bernard Scott, and be able to tote it 20 times in a game if Benson has to miss any length of time.
Here’s a prediction: The Bengals will find that guy when he gets cut in the preseason, and the guess is that it will be a guy with some pretty good experience.
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Ken Hamlin, a free safety who has started 96 NFL games, has tweeted he’s visiting Cincinnati with the Bengals looking for some depth that they didn’t get in the draft.
Hamlin, 29, started 12 games for the Cowboys last season but Dallas wasn’t looking to pay him the $5.6 million he had due this upcoming season. He had started every game for three straight seasons before a high ankle sprain took him out of four games last year.
A second-round draft pick of Seattle in 2003, Hamlin joined the Cowboys in ’06 and when he came up with a career-high five interceptions the next season they gave him a big deal. In that ’07 season he teamed with Bengals starting strong safety Roy Williams, but Hamlin has had just one pick since Williams left.
The Bengals are looking for a backup to join Chinedum Ndukwe behind Williams and free safety Chris Crocker.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys guaranteed Hamlin about $1 million of the $5.6 and that they’ll pay him the difference of his salary if there is a gap.
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