Vinny Rey signs two-year deal with the Bengals

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The Bengals tendered linebacker Vinny Rey as a restricted free agent, but that didn’t keep them from talking about a longer contract.

Or agreeing on one. Rey signed a two-year deal with the team over the weekend, guaranteeing that he’ll be back in Cincinnati in 2014. The Bengals had tendered Rey at the original round level, meaning teams could sign him to an offer sheet without any draft pick compensation. That’s what happened with wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who signed an offer sheet from the Browns, but Rey says he had no desire to look elsewhere.

“It was important for me to be here,” Rey said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “This was option No. 1. And I’m thankful I got what I wanted.”

Rey has been a special teams stalwart for the Bengals over the last three seasons, but handled himself well in three starts at linebacker last season. Rey finished the year with 57 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. With James Harrison gone and that 2013 performance under his belt, Rey could be in position for more snaps on defense in 2014.

10 responses to “Vinny Rey signs two-year deal with the Bengals

  1. Hooray!!! “My” Bengals signed someone!!!

    No… not a REAL #2 wide receiver (like Steve Smith)… or… a REAL center… or… a REAL corner… or… a guard…. but… four year veteran backup Vinny Rey.


    *NOT to say that Vinny isn’t a valued member of the team… but… he is veteran special teams player on a team with receiving/o-line/secondary needs.

  2. It’s a good signing since he may be the starting SAM and could challenge for the MLB as well.

    The rest will be more like the Dontay Moch signing – guys off waivers – since wavier claims don’t count towards the 2015 supplemental picks, as I understand it.

    That and this the part of FA where people overpay for middling players. I would wait until the prices come down, if signing anyone. Money wasted on mediocre players is less money to sign Burfit and AJGreen (and maybe the Ginga Ninja).

  3. With cheap owner mike brown… any advances made with good drafting are negated during free agency due to his lack of competitiveness at signing available talent to improve weaknesses and/or allowing division rivals to sign players who can expose those weaknesses.

    I expect the 2014 Cincinnati Bengals to go 9-7 or 10-6 (which still could mean an AFC North championship… but… the secondary is too old. Although… having a healthy Leon Hall could mean 11-5)

    It’s really too bad… but… you come to expect this with mike brown.

    Playing with a #2 wide receiver that made less than 4 catches in a game 10 times last year makes no sense. That is what quality #3 wide receivers do in the NFL. Your #2 wr needs to be able to get separation and get open.

    The terrible stadium deal and mike brown’s refusal to spend money strengthens my decision to never go to another game at Paul Brown Stadium.

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