James joins Cincinnati

Marvin Lewis vowed a changed Cincinnati Bengals organization after taking over as head coach. He wasn't kidding.

 

Marvin Lewis vowed a changed Cincinnati Bengals organization after taking over as head coach. He wasn't kidding.

Cincinnati added its fourth new defensive starter in less than a week by reaching a four-year, $14.4 million agreement Sunday with former Oakland Raiders cornerback Tory James.

Oakland released James in a salary cap move. James was considering re-signing with the Raiders or possibly joining the Vikings.

James' deal includes a $3.7 million signing bonus and a first-year salary of a little more than $2 million. He was one of six veterans Oakland released to address its salary cap situation. Oakland is also counting on the return of Phillip Buchanon, who earned the starting job over James. Buchanon made a strong impression to start the season but went on injured reserve with a broken wrist.

James had 45 tackles last season with four interceptions. He has 19 career interceptions, including nine in the past two seasons with the Raiders. He will turn 30 on May 18 and has played in 94 NFL games with Denver and Oakland.

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