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Bengals add ex-Raider Thomas Howard

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The Cincinnati Bengals have made a move that will garner slightly less attention than the Chad Ochocinco trade, but which will make a significant difference on their defense.

The Bengals have reached an agreement with former Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard on a two-year, $6.5 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Howard lost his starting job and played a reserve role last season, and it’s been clear for months that Howard is no longer in the Raiders’ plans.

But in Cincinnati he’ll get a chance to compete for a starting spot again, and there’s no question he’s talented. A 2006 second-round draft pick, Howard started every game but two in his first four NFL seasons.

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15 Responses to “Bengals add ex-Raider Thomas Howard”
  1. quizguy66 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:25 PM

    Looks like a good pickup. Definitely need to bolster our LB corps. This would seem to indicate that Dhani is not coming back.

    -QG

  2. ronlm says: Jul 28, 2011 6:27 PM

    Fast… good in coverage… liability against the run.

  3. cowboylover says: Jul 28, 2011 6:28 PM

    Loved Thomas and Johnnie Lee Higgins here at UTEP. Solid and exciting players.

  4. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 28, 2011 6:33 PM

    Honestly coming from a raider fan, he shoulda been the starter alllllll last season. Quentin Groves was awful. Howard is one of the fastest LB’s I have ever seen. Pass D is like a safety, run D he covers sidleine to sideline but itsn’t an inbetween the tackles stuffer. Bengals will like him. Good locker room guy too. enjoy Bruce Gradkowski too, he is a low budget Jeff Garcia lol.

  5. mac3333 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:43 PM

    Smart pickup and a good fit in Zimmers D. Marvin has been infatuated with Howard since he came out of UTEP. This gives Cincy Howard @ SLB, Maualuga @ MLB & Rivers @ WLB. That’s a nice young LB corps.

  6. acdrew22 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:43 PM

    my last favorite raider… its good for him… no way piece of crap quinton groves starts over Howard… and he’s not a liability on the run, the raiders d line would get so owned they blocked him from making plays

  7. stevincinci says: Jul 28, 2011 7:10 PM

    Nice pickup for the Bengals. Now get a dam running back!

  8. raiderapologist says: Jul 28, 2011 7:22 PM

    I always liked Howard. He’s crazy fast and good in coverage. He seemed to be a liability in the run game, but Oakland’s run D overall has been terrible for years. Too bad he didn’t end up on a better team.

  9. p4hbiz says: Jul 28, 2011 7:26 PM

    Great in coverage!

  10. joetoronto says: Jul 28, 2011 7:29 PM

    The Raiders didn’t blitz him anywhere near enough.

    He’s extremely fast, he’s smart, good in coverage and he has a great attitude.

    He is a liability in run support though, dude can’t shed blocks.

  11. sharkcatcher says: Jul 28, 2011 7:36 PM

    The kid ran a 4.3 and can cover tight ends like gates.Getting a class act player. G luck T Howard

  12. jermely says: Jul 28, 2011 7:56 PM

    A good player. Congrats Bengals..

    I hope this mean a Kirk Morrison resigning in Oakland :)

  13. wehager says: Jul 28, 2011 7:56 PM

    Big 53 we are going to miss you You and Grad make Cinci fans proud!

  14. mypuppyfarted says: Jul 28, 2011 8:07 PM

    I love these people who say he’s a great linebacker except he can’t play the run. Newsflash people: If you can’t play the run you’re useless as a linebacker!!!

  15. radrntn says: Jul 28, 2011 8:10 PM

    no way were the riaders going to pay him 3 mil per season to ride pine.

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