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Manny Lawson says he’s returning to Bengals

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Outside linebacker Manny Lawson got nibbles from several different teams during free agency, but it looks like he decided there’s no place like Cincinnati.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Lawson is telling members of the Bengals that he has agreed to terms on a deal that will keep him in a striped helmet for the 2012 season. Coach Marvin Lewis said over the weekend that the team hoped to bring Lawson back and there were other indications that things were moving in this direction. Now it seems the deal is done.

Lawson’s skill set is fairly well known after six seasons in the league. He gives you everything you want from an outside linebacker outside of pass rush, making him a valuable part of the defense if not a particularly well-paid one. The Bengals certainly have use for his coverage and run stopping abilities which makes this deal a smart one for them.

It will look even smarter if the team is able to replace the 10.5 sacks they lost with the departures of Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene. That need is why the Bengals were in the hunt for Kamerion Wimbley, but there’s no one else like that on the market right now and no one else that offers the other skills they’ll get from Lawson.

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22 Responses to “Manny Lawson says he’s returning to Bengals”
  1. talkintrashallday says: Mar 28, 2012 8:37 AM

    They must be holding his family hostage…that’s the ONLY reason a player goes back to the Bengals…

  2. 1buckeye76 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:43 AM

    keep it up bengals… can’t wait for the draft.

  3. darthvader89 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:48 AM

    Still wondering where Benson will land. Would be fun to see him back up Rice in Baltimore but that probably doesn’t happen unless they make a deal with Rice or Flacco.

  4. steeelfann says: Mar 28, 2012 8:49 AM

    How did he sort through all of those offers and end up going back to the Bungles?

  5. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:56 AM

    Gotta hand it to the Bengals there making alot of positive roster moves plus two picks in the first round watch out for Cincinnati.

  6. luke8512 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:57 AM

    It will look even smarter if the team is able to replace the 10.5 sacks they lost with the departures of Frostee Rucker and Jonathan Fanene.
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    I believe that is why they brought in Anderson and Harvey and are looking at Amobi. Why by no means were these 1st round busts a huge upgrade, Fanane and FRucker weren’t exactly world beaters in thier own right.

  7. Bearfan54 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:00 AM

    Every hour every day I click on this website waiting to read ” Forte signs with Bears”

  8. whodeytn says: Mar 28, 2012 9:04 AM

    Quietly having a really good free agency.. If we can get Abomi Okoye to sign next week, we’ll be set.

  9. dreamfield42 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:17 AM

    You must not be paying attention. The Bengals have not only had a number of players return, but players like BenJarvis Green-Ellis has joined the team on his own free will. He said he was excited about joining this young and talented team.

  10. samoanjungle says: Mar 28, 2012 9:18 AM

    Awesome. Ever since he and Thomas Howard came along we stopped getting killed by TEs and the screens.
    Glad to see him back.

  11. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 28, 2012 9:22 AM

    In a league that is quickly becoming littered with pass catching TE’s,, i figured there would be more of a market for this kind of talent.. 6’5 240 runs in the 4.5′s now.. He would just be a lockdown LB on any TE i played..

    For teams running the 4-3,, this seemed like the perfect OLB.. Especially in the NFC,, or any team that plays the saints or pats twice a year..

    when i look into why my eagles struggle,, situations where they pass on players like this quickly come to mind.
    “a fast 6’5 run stopper & coverage LB ,, who needs em”

  12. explosionsauce says: Mar 28, 2012 9:24 AM

    Always like him as a 9er. He just never developed into a pass rusher but great at setting the edge.

  13. krimou80 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:29 AM

    I have been criticizing Mike brown from the get go…but i cant say how much i am impressed with what the organization have done so far in free agency and how they handled the once-in-a-lifetime palmer trade…..Many of the fans were fed up and the stadium looked empty in all home games from last season….i guess Mike brown got the message nice and clear after all, Kudos to the Fans!!!!!!!

  14. killxswitch says: Mar 28, 2012 10:05 AM

    I’m sure the Colts would let Dwight Freeney go for the low cost of one of their 1st rounders. He’d replace those 10.5 sacks by himself.

  15. pskotte says: Mar 28, 2012 10:55 AM

    Who replaced Mike Brown with a pod person and what did they do with his body?

  16. sixjak says: Mar 28, 2012 11:22 AM

    C’mon manny just go back to the 49ers and play what you can there. At least there you’ll get to the playoffs.

  17. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Mar 28, 2012 11:30 AM

    The Bengals will fight the Chargers to the bitter end on who will never win a Superbowl. Im betting on the Bolts, they have zero chance of ever winning one. Period.

  18. hitdog042 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:55 PM

    sixjak | Mar 28, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT
    C’mon manny just go back to the 49ers and play what you can there. At least there you’ll get to the playoffs.
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    Yeah. Cause Cincinnati hasn’t made the playoffs two of the past three seasons or anything. Playing in the AFC North.

    Y’all act like its still 1998. Get a clue folks. Cincinnati is becoming a place players want to play. Nobody cares if you buy it or not.

    And who wouldn’t want to play for a young team with guys like Dalton, Gresham, AJ Green and Green Ellis leading the offense.

    Just……wow. Get your head out of the sand. It’s no longer popular to rag the Bengals.

    It’s sooooooo 2003. Do you still wear faded jean shorts?

  19. drmichaelstevenlee says: Mar 28, 2012 2:16 PM

    Quietly become the best free agent season for the Bengals, we better do something with all this talent, at least #2 in AFC North and a playoff win.

  20. steelcityrapist says: Mar 28, 2012 4:04 PM

    Whats wrong with faded jean shorts???? Lol

  21. whodey28 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:38 PM

    Two words: Mike Zimmer. I dread the day he leaves for a head coach position.

  22. cincyfan0890 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:09 AM

    And who wouldn’t want to play for a young team with guys like Dalton, Gresham, AJ Green and Green Ellis leading the offense.

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    Dont forget about Shipley coming back and Whalen had some good playing time..

    Not to mention the young D..maybe Atkins and Dunlap will get it in drive and pick up the 10.5 sacks or more.

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