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Bengals Hosting Player Visits

The Bengals are hosting player visits this week, including one for Ravens safety and special teams standout Brynden Trawick.

The Bengals are hosting player visits this week after doing a good bit of shopping during the first few days of the NFL free-agent signing period, which concludes its first week on Tuesday.

Cincinnati signed six of its own free-agents. Three were signed by other teams. Six remain unsigned, the most noteworthy being Pro Bowl defensive captain Reggie Nelson.

The prevailing opinion is the Bengals will continue shying away from signing pricey unrestricted free-agents from other teams. They could be in the market for low-cost UFAs and one-time restricted free agents, especially receivers and niche players, who are younger and less expensive to sign.

Those player-types may not fill starting positions, but the Bengals hope to find quality role players and maybe that one guy with a growth spurt who can step in and be a key cog while playing significantly.

A role-player example would be former Ravens reserve free safety and special teams standout Brynden Trawick, who wasn't tendered by Baltimore last week. Trawick is getting some interest on the open market. He was one of a few players visiting the Bengals today. At least one other free-agent made a visit to Paul Brown Stadium on Monday, according to unconfirmed reports.

A report coming out of Baltimore shortly after the noon hour said Trawick, 26, was beginning his team visits with Cincinnati, not an insignificant development. He turns 27 in October, so he fits some of what the Bengals are looking for from other locales.

Trawick, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound force, played goal-line defense and a little bit of safety while leading the Ravens last season with nine special-team tackles. He and the Bengals have mutual interest in each other, wrote the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, who suggested several other teams are in on Trawick.

The 2013 undrafted talent finished his college career at Troy. He played his first two years at Michigan State before a transfer to Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he did not play football. Trawick made an early mark in the NFL on special teams and was an impending restricted free-agent.

The Ravens did not extend Trawick the low tender offer of $1.67 million last Wednesday with the idea of signing him to a lesser deal. Baltimore is expected to sign ex-Chargers free safety Eric Weddle to a four-year, $26 million contract, including $13 million guaranteed.

Trawick, free to sign with any team, is shopping his services, beginning in Cincinnati.

He played 38 games in three seasons with the Ravens, totaling 30 tackles. He played in all 16 last games season, with a career-high 15 tackles and a pass defensed on 87 defensive snaps. He played in all but two games in 2014, recording seven tackles.

He earned his most extensive defensive snaps first as an injury replacement last season in the sixth game, against San Francisco (one tackle). He had four tackles, tied for fourth on the team, the next week against Arizona.

The Georgia native attended Sprayberry High School in Marietta, which also produced Vikings yards-per-carry monster Jerick McKinnon, major-leaguer and former Cincinnati Reds player Marlon Byrd, former NBA big man Chuck Nevitt, country music artist Travis Tritt, and Georgia Satellites lead guitarist Rick Richards.


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