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Report: Bengals contact Ratliff

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With the Bengals losing Geno Atkins for the rest of the season, Cincinnati seemed like an obvious potential destination for free-agent defensive tackle Jay Ratliff.  And Cincinnati is officially a potential destination.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the Bengals contacted Ratliff after losing Atkins.

The list of potentially interested teams now expands to four, with the Bears, Dolphins, and Chiefs also chasing Ratliff.

The willingness of the Bengals to consider Ratliff should be regarded as an encouraging development by other interested teams.  Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer coached Ratliff for his first two NFL seasons.  If Zimmer had steered clear despite the clear need, it would have been a huge red flag.

With Zimmer interested in a Ratliff reunion, interested teams should now be boxing each other out to plant the flag on his property.

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8 Responses to “Report: Bengals contact Ratliff”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 2, 2013 2:21 PM

    As a Bengals fan…. I am not altogether that excited… but… look at what Zimmer did for/with Terence Newman.

    What say you, Dallas fans?!?

  2. coltzfan166 says: Nov 2, 2013 2:21 PM

    A former Cowboy going to the Bengals? I don’t believe it.

  3. Smarterthanyou says: Nov 2, 2013 3:05 PM

    if Ratliffe wants a Super Bowl ring he better get on the next flight to KC, and beg Andy for a spot on the roster.

    The KC-Super Bowl bound wagon has been getting very full lately with ex fans of the Giants, Falcons, Dolphins, and Eagles suddenly becoming Chiefs “fans”

  4. vincentbojackson says: Nov 2, 2013 3:40 PM

    Unsure why Mike Zimmer’s endorsement of Ratliff really matters.

    Zimmer has led his defenses to exactly zero career playoff wins in 13 years as a defensive coordinator with the Cowboys, Falcons and Bengals.

  5. bsizemore68 says: Nov 2, 2013 3:53 PM

    Why not go to the team that really wants him. That is Miami. Cincinnati is a great city, however no deep sea fishing close by, and a bit colder then South Florida. Bill

  6. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Nov 2, 2013 4:01 PM

    Okay what did Ratliff do to incur such thoughts?

  7. ytownjoe says: Nov 2, 2013 4:18 PM

    What’s wrong with this guy?

  8. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Nov 2, 2013 5:44 PM

    Guys just answer the question or this Veteran might be unhappy with you.

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