Cincinnati Bengals Hosting Veteran Linebacker Akeem Jordan

By James Rapien
Howard Smith-US Presswire

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports the Cincinnati Bengals will host free agent linebacker Akeem Jordan.

Jordan joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007 as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison. He played in 82 games during his seven seasons with the Eagles, making 34 starts. He has tallied 262 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and two fumble recoveries in his career.

Jordan would potentially replace Dan Skuta who proved very valuable on special teams or when there was an injury. Skuta had 26 tackles in 2012 and 81 combined tackles in his five seasons with the Bengals. He signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers at the start of free agency.

Jordan played well on special teams for the Eagles making 15 tackles there last season. On defense, he played mostly weak side linebacker, but has experience playing in all three linebacker spots. He had four forced fumbles in 2012, along with 44 tackles.

If the Bengals do sign Jordan, he could be Rey Maualuga’s backup. It has been rumored the Bengals may move Maualuga back to outside linebacker. However, Head Coach Marvin Lewis has never given the team’s intentions after they re-signed Maualuga this offseason.

Linebacker depth is a need for the Bengals, and it would appear Jordan could help fill that role. Jordan’s best season was in 2009 when he had 71 tackles and two interceptions. It remains to be seen if the Bengals will sign Jordan, but a visit may be all the team needs to lock up the veteran linebacker.

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