Ex-Bengals At A Crossroads

It's been a newsworthy week for ex-Bengals around the NFL, with a central theme being the parting of ways, with one notable exception.

Here's the latest round-up of ex-Bengals news:

On Monday, the Titans released linebacker Dontay Moch, who played with the Bengals from 2011-12 and was briefly with them in 2014. The Titans basically swapped out Moch for Dezmond Johnson, a linebacker they signed Monday.

The Bengals were so enamored with Moch's speed coming out of college (he ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, best among linebackers, at the 2011 NFL Combine) that they drafted him 66th overall that year. He's totaled eight games, with no starts, and just seven tackles in a four-year NFL career.

With the Bengals, Moch suffered a broken foot in the 2011 preseason opener and missed a big chunk of the regular season. He was suspended the first four games of 2012 for using a banned substance, and ended his first stint with the team in November 2012 on injured reserve for recurring migraines. He returned to the Bengals in March 2014 after being claimed off waivers from the Cardinals, but didn't make it through training camp.

He could be on his way out of the league, unless the Bengals have favorable reports on him, and a spot on the roster. At the rate they are signing ex-Bengals, you never know. He's still just 26.

Definitely on his way out, but on his terms, is defensive lineman Justin Smith, 35, who retired Monday after finishing his career in San Francisco. Smith started his career in Cincinnati before departing via free-agency in 2008. He split his 14 NFL seasons evenly between the Bengals and 49ers.

On Tuesday, the Saints released former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham, who still holds Cincinnati records for most field goals in a game (7), and highest field goal percentage in a season and in a career. Graham, 37, may try to catch on with his 10th NFL team this year. If he doesn't make the cut, he always seems to be on somebody's short list as an emergency replacement kicker off the street.

Former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is attempting to rejoin his team, the Arizona Cardinals. Palmer, 35, is recovering from an ACL tear in early November. The Cardinals were 8-1 at the time of Palmer's injury, and finished 11-6, so he's still an important guy.

Arizona coach Bruce Arians told the team's official web site that Palmer "knows the clock's ticking. It is for a lot of guys on this team. You get a window to make a run, and most of it depends on your quarterback. Right now, it's our window. There is a sense of urgency."

But it's clear that Palmer isn't the only ex-Bengal at a crossroads this week. In fact, you can add former Bengals running back Bernard Scott, who announced his retirement in Canadian Football League news. Scott was with the Toronto Argonauts after his final NFL season in Baltimore.

In four seasons with the Bengals, Scott had three starts while posting most of his 1,035 rushing yards as a change-of-pace back. His best season was in 2011 when he rushed for a career-high 380 yards and scored three touchdowns.

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