The Cincinnati Bengals said before the free agency started that they had a large cap space and they intended on spending it on their own team. So far, it looks like they are fulfilling this promise with their eighth re-signing of the offseason, stalwart offensive lineman Dennis Roland. Roland, a seven year veteran of the NFL has been playing with the Bengals for the past five years and starting mostly at tackle for the last 67 consecutive games.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 to the Dallas Cowboys, Roland only remained there for a short period before moving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons. Since moving to the Bengals in 2008, Roland has been a regular sight at offense, starting in 30 games, mostly at tackle but occasionally lining up at tight end for short yardage-situations.
Roland currently plays as back up behind right tackle Andre Smith and 2011 left tackle draft pick, Clint Boling, and although given his performance over the past three years, the 30-year-old veteran would probably make a starter now at another NFL team. Roland has chosen to re-sign with the Bengals. As a regular sight in the Bengals offensive line, Roland has shown that he is highly capable of playing at either side of the center, playing a key role in the offensive line in both of the Bengals play off appearances in the last two seasons. Offensive line Coach Paul Alexander released a statement saying, “He’s a known quantity, a guy we have relied on, and we are glad to have him back for 2013.”
What this means for the draft
There has been talk that the Bengals need to draft an offensive tackle in the earlier rounds of this draft. Now that they have Roland re-signed to the team, there may not be as big a need for the Bengals to choose one earlier on and may elect to wait until the later rounds to pick one up, freeing up the earlier rounds for the likes of a new running back.
On the other hand, if the Bengals fail to re-sign right tackle Andre Smith, then a a tackle in the draft is still highly likely.
Written by Simon Greene – Cincinnati Bengals write
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