Bengals sign Will Svitek


The Bengals have added a bit more depth on the offensive line.

The team announced Wednesday that they have signed veteran tackle Will Svitek as a free agent. Svitek spent the 2013 season with the Patriots, playing 13 games and making a pair of starts during his one year in New England. He spent the previous three years with the Falcons, making 10 starts in 2011, and started his career with the Chiefs.

Svitek’s addition gives the Bengals an alternative to Marshall Newhouse as the team’s backup to starting tackles Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith. Svitek also saw some time at guard for the Patriots in the preseason last year, adding some versatility that could help him make the team.

The Bengals also announced the signing of cornerback Victor Hampton. They have released cornerback Brandon Burton and linebacker Bruce Taylor to make space on the roster.