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Reggie Nelson hopes to remain with Bengals

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Reggie Nelson #20 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts after a play against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on December 20, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bengals have several defensive backs heading for free agency next month, including longtime starting safety Reggie Nelson.

Nelson had to leave the team’s playoff loss to the Steelers with an ankle injury and hopes that he didn’t spend the final moments of his final game with the Bengals watching from the sideline.

“Most definitely not,” Nelson said, via the team’s website. “They know that. Everybody knows that. I would love to be a Bengal. I did my part. I played football. It’s time to handle business and we’ll go from there.”

Nelson said he’s excited about the return of defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle, who worked in Cincinnati before jumping to Miami for an ultimately unsuccessful stint as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, and is coming off a year that saw him tie Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters for the league lead in interceptions. He was also solid against the run, which should create interest in his services around the league in the event the Bengals decide to prioritize cornerback Adam Jones or safety George Iloka in the next couple of weeks.

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10 Responses to “Reggie Nelson hopes to remain with Bengals”
  1. joetoronto says: Feb 23, 2016 9:23 AM

    He wants to choke every year like only the Bungles can.

    “No, they’re different this year”


  2. 1newprodigy says: Feb 23, 2016 10:22 AM

    And if anyone knows anything about choking it’s Joetoronto…

    He will be back. He is the better of the 2 safeties but because of his age the Bengals won’t have to overspend to keep him, same with Pacman.

  3. 700levelvet says: Feb 23, 2016 11:20 AM

    And I hope he does as well…simply because I could care less…he has his agenda…I have mine…

  4. 3wordanswers says: Feb 23, 2016 11:38 AM

    “…..He was also solid against the run, “……
    really ?……

    Check the film. I can recall at least two very long runs given up by the Bengals D, where Nelson whiffed on the tackle both times, choosing to try and lay a big shot instead of tackling-up……

    …..and check out those INT’s; yes he did get a league high number, but most of them my granny could have caught one-handed…..

    So yes, Bengals; try and get Reggie back; but lets not pretend he’s been Ronnie Lott material……

  5. stealthscorpio says: Feb 23, 2016 12:09 PM

    He has a shot! See what i did there?

  6. jjackwagon says: Feb 23, 2016 12:16 PM

    “…coming off a year that saw him tie Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters for the league lead in interceptions.”
    You get a lot of interceptions when the ball is always coming your way.
    The ball is coming your way because the opposing team views you as the weakest link in the Secondary.
    Peters was a rookie so it is understandable. Teams won’t make that mistake against him next year.
    If Nelson stays with the Bengals he will still be the weakest link in the Secondary.

  7. whodeytn says: Feb 23, 2016 12:31 PM

    You really don’t know what you’re talking about if you think Nelson was a weak link

  8. ajigel says: Feb 23, 2016 4:00 PM

    You get a lot of interceptions when the ball is always coming your way.
    You also get a lot of interceptions when you have good instincts and have a d-line that is constantly forcing the opposing QB into bad decisions.

  9. stoptrippn says: Feb 23, 2016 4:16 PM

    He’s so much better than iloka

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 24, 2016 11:05 AM

    Forget about his skills – how’s his temper?

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