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Kyle Cook returns to the Bengals

In Cincinnati, Kyle Cook started at center for the entire 2009 season.  His efforts helped the team set a franchise record with eight 100-yard rushing games.

After the season, his contract expired, making him a free agent.  But he was an exclusive rights free agent.  Which essentially means “not a free agent.”  Thus, Cook has signed with the only team with which he could negotiate.

The Bengals announced the move today.

“Kyle showed everyone last year that he’s a good player,” offensive line coach Paul Alexander said.  “He’s big, he’s strong, he’s tough, and as the center, he’s a leader — the brains of the operation.”

Cook joined the team as a street free agent in 2007.  He had no starts prior to the 2009 season.

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11 Responses to “Kyle Cook returns to the Bengals”
  1. TheBengal13 says: Apr 7, 2010 12:39 PM

    Good player. Mean streak. A HUGE improvement over the “inverse pancake” that was Eric Ghiacuic. Could it be true? Back-to-back solid offseasons by the Bengals? I’ll keep my fingers crossed about the draft too…

  2. Ridnaway says: Apr 7, 2010 12:48 PM

    Cook was one of the best Bengal stories of 2009. Comparing him to the guy he replaced, Eric Ghiaciuc (the Human Weebil) is like comparing Godzilla to Bambi. He’s got a mean streak too and he’s proven more than a match for Casey Hampton, Shaun Rogers and Ngata in the AFC North.

  3. JoeSchmoe says: Apr 7, 2010 12:49 PM

    Cookie is a solid player. Glad they kept him in the fold. Looks like that C they drafted, Lugis, is going to be looked at as a G/C now too so I’m liking the depth potential of this O-Line w/ Bobbie Williams back in the fold too. Draft a decent G to eventually succeed Williams and we’re going to have a solid unit there.

  4. gmas1970 says: Apr 7, 2010 12:52 PM

    Eric ‘the hooker’ Ghiacuic. Because he did his job on his back. Cook was a big reason the Bengals ran the ball so much better than the year before.

  5. WhoPlaysWhere says: Apr 7, 2010 1:09 PM

    Guy is gritty! Gotta love him, he has the classic 80’s style mullet of the tough, mean ass offensive lineman.
    Section 303 loves ya buddy!

  6. STC says: Apr 7, 2010 1:11 PM

    You guys spelled Ghiasuck wrong.

  7. wryly1 says: Apr 7, 2010 1:36 PM

    Cook came back to Bungles cuz he had no other options.

  8. bengals4real says: Apr 7, 2010 1:36 PM

    Cook was one of if not the main reason that line jelled so well and cedric had his choice of holes.
    I hope its at least a three year deal if not lock him up.

  9. jwill007 says: Apr 7, 2010 1:53 PM

    “Cook came back to Bungles cuz he had no other options.”
    Yeah he didnt want to go to Pitt and play in Jail he wanted to return to a team that had a winning record a top 10 defense and a top 9 running game on offense….He also wanst to win and we have a good shot to continue to do that with the team we return and the FA’s we signed….

  10. heavyj39 says: Apr 7, 2010 2:01 PM

    This is almost too good to be true. The Bengals have made solid moves for almost 2 full years now. Here is hoping they continue this strong offseason with an equally strong draft.
    As far as the draft goes I think this is the first time in 20 years we are not looking for 2-3 starters in this draft. In a perfect world I would like to see Earl Thomas fall to the Bengals at 21. That being unlikly I think you could make a strong case for about 5 or 6 guys at that 21st pick. Pass rushers even with baggage are alwasy valuable so Dunlap is a possibility and i suppose a D tackle is a solid choice as well. Greshem the TE from Oklahoma would be a great weapon but it might be too soon to give up on Chase Coffman. Taylor Mays is a freak and I think he should add 20 pounds and move to linebacker (ala Brian Urlacher) but thats just me. I think I am only kidding but not sure yet. If Dez Bryant falls he is a very intrigueing option, he would be an absolute stud as the 3rd wideout. Also Iupati would be a good smart pick that would compete for a starting spot right away and at worst provide back up plans for 4 line spots.
    Regardless they should be able to get good value with both of their selections in rounds 1 and 2. If there is a player they really like I hope they use their 2 thirds and 2 fourths and go get the player they think fits because with so many players returning from last year I dont think any more than 4 or 5 rookies make the team.
    WHO DEY!!!

  11. lionsb63 says: Apr 7, 2010 2:10 PM

    What are your options of NFL playoff teams to play for, wryly1?
    Cook is an outstanding center for one, the Bengals.

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