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.