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Kelly, Bengals talking

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on April 19, 2010 – 6:56 pm

Reggie Kelly

The agent for Bengals tight end Reggie Kelly said Monday he’s talking to the club about bringing his client back for an eighth season in Cincinnati but says that there is nothing imminent. Jimmy Sexton, who, by the way, also represents Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, indicated this week’s draft is not any kind of a drop-dead deadline for Kelly and the Bengals.

“He likes it there. He’s always liked it there,” Sexton said.

Ten days ago Kelly told Bengals.com that he was encouraged after he worked out for the team on April 7, saying his surgically-repaired left Achilles tendon is stronger than his healthy one.

“I feel great. I hated getting hurt, but sitting out the year I think is really going to help my body,” Kelly said. “I feel refreshed.”

The Bengals are expected to take a tight end with one of their nine draft picks, but they still seem interested in securing the services of Kelly even though he’s coming off Achilles surgery at age 33. The only tight end under contract with any game experience is Dan Coats.

Taking a tight end at No. 21 would be an upset. The Bengals just don’t do it. They’ve never made the position the first pick in any draft.


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