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Bengals Waive Linebacker Chris Carter

The Bengals could be setting up themselves to acquire a veteran quarterback with the release of linebacker Chris Carter.

The Bengals appear to be plotting a course that leads to the acquiring of a new quarterback by cutting Chris Carter, a player the team would prefer to keep.

The Bengals waived the fifth-year player Tuesday afternoon after Carter got into all 13 games, averaging about nine snaps, and totaling six tackles and a fumble recovery plus four tackles on special teams.

He opened the season on the 53-man roster for the first time this year. He joined the Bengals in 2014 prior to Game 13 as a free agent, and played in the final three regular-season games and the Wild Card playoff. He came into the league with Pittsburgh as a 2011 fifth-round draft choice out of Fresno State, playing in 29 games with four starts from 2011-13.

The 26-year-old Carter latched on briefly with the Colts in between stints with the Steelers and Bengals. He was a high school standout at Fontana Kaiser in California, where he was teammates with former Tampa Bay wide receiver Shawn Moore.

There was no corresponding move by the Bengals.

A open roster spot is needed to presumably allow for the acquiring of a third quarterback behind promoted starter A.J. McCarron but ahead of practice squad QB Keith Wenning, who has not taken an NFL snap after serving on two practice squads in his career. It is thought that the Bengals will soon promote Wenning to the 53-man roster.

At the moment, the Bengals have the fewest career snaps in the NFL among game-ready rostered quarterbacks now that Andy Dalton is on the shelf with a broken thumb on his right throwing hand, suffered Sunday against Pittsburgh.

There has been speculation that former Minnesota starting quarterback Christian Ponder is among the available QBs in which the Bengals might have interest. There's also Phillip Sims.

Erstwhile Bengal Jason Campbell has supposedly retired. But, in theory, he knows the offensive scheme after declining offers from multiple teams this past offseason. John Skelton, another former Bengal (2013), also is a free agent.

Other intriguing names include longshots Rex Grossman, 35, formerly of the Bears, Texans and Redskins, and Tim Tebow. Grossman, who hasn't taken a snap in the league since 2011, signed a one-year deal this past summer with Atlanta, but the Falcons released him Sept. 4. Tebow was last with the Eagles. He hasn't taken an NFL snap since 2012.


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