Bengals Best Fit for Young

While he would have liked to have been one of the 255 players selected in last weekend's NFL Draft, Lance Young is going to make the most of his opportunity as a free-agent signee. The former Cyclone wide receiver is headed to the Cincinnati Bengals after signing a multi-year deal with the team Monday. The contact is contingent upon him making the 53-man roster in training camp.

"I knew I didn't have a chance to get drafted the first day, but I was watching it during the later rounds of the second day," said Lance Young. "I received phone calls from different teams saying they'd like to have me as a free agent. I'm kind of disappointed (in not getting drafted), but I still got an opportunity to play so I'm going to take it and run with it."

The Bengals return veteran receivers Chad Johnson and Peter Warrick, but Young still likes his chances with Coach Marvin Lewis' team. He may be starting from the bottom of the depth chart in Cincinnati, but Young is encouraged by the interest it showed him when he visited two weeks ago.

"I think it's a great fit for me, and I'm looking forward to getting down there," Young said. "I went down there already, so I think I have an opportunity to make the team. I'm excited about the opportunity they gave me to come in as a free agent.

"They have two prominent receivers (Chad Johnson and Peter Warrick), and the rest of the guys on the roster are good or they wouldn't be there. I'm going to try to learn from those guys and compete for a spot on the roster."

Young said he had offers on the table from a few other NFL teams, but picked the Bengals because he had developed a good relationship with their wide receivers coach.

His first opportunity to make a good impression is May 6-8, when Cincinnati hosts a spring mini camp for rookies and veterans.


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