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Vonny Rey Re-Signs With Bengals

Linebacker and two-time defending tackle champion returning to Cincinnati

The Bengals have agreed to terms with valuable backup linebacker Vinny Rey, an unrestricted free agent.

Ian Rapoport's RapSheet tweeted Thursday that the Bengals are re-signing Rey, according to a source, who said the new contract is for three years totaling $11.5 million.

Rey is a two-time Bengals tackles leader, both team titles coming the past two seasons. But he does not grade out well according to the stat analysis mavens at Pro Football Focus.

The Bengals reportedly beat out the Vikings, who showed interest in Rey. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer coached Rey when he was defensive coordinator in Cincinnati, but it was believed throughout the offseason that Rey would return to Cincinnati.

Rey has made the most of his undrafted status after signing with Cincinnati as a 2010 college free-agent. He totaled a team-high 98 tackles in 2015. He led by a margin of 20 in 2014 with 121 tackles. He's the only player in Bengals history to log three sacks and one interception in a game, performing the feat in 2013 at Baltimore. A durable force, he has played in every Bengals game since the start of the 2011 season. He has played in 80 consecutive Bengals games.

The Bengals have re-signed a handful of key defensive free agents including Rey, cornerback Adam Jones and safety George Iloka.

Various reports are saying that the Bengals are not interested in signing unrestricted free-agent safety Reggie Nelson, who tied for the 2015 NFL lead with eight interceptions.

Cornerback Leon Hall is still out there, in addition to defensive linemen Wallace Gilberry, Pat Sims and Brandon Thompson.



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