Source: Myers in fold
By GEOFF HOBSON
April 19, 2007
Posted: 4:25 p.m.
The Bengals agreed to terms Thursday with Michael Myers, the 10-year veteran defensive tackle who has played for three different teams, according to an NFL source.
The Bengals donít announce signings until the player has signed the contract.
Myers, 31, has played the last two seasons in Denver and last year had a career-high 37 solo tackles. He started every game for the Broncos last season, but his 6-2, 300-pound frame was deemed too small for new defensive coordinator Jim Bates.
Myers, the 100th pick in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Cowboys out of Alabama, played his first six seasons in Dallas before the Cowboys cut him during the 2003 season and the Browns picked him up a month later.
While in Cleveland, Myers played in 23 games with eight starts before Denver traded for him and defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban in exchange for running back Reuben Droughns before the 2005 season.
Myers looks to be taking the place of Shaun Smith in a tackle rotation headed by starters John Thornton and Sam Adams and emerging second-year man Domata Peko.
Also Thursday, agent Harold Lewis said that former Ravens and Falcons linebacker Ed Hartwell landed in Cincinnati late in the afternoon and a dinner was planned with coaches, followed by a Friday morning physical and a meet-and-greet at Paul Brown Stadium.
Although Hartwell went to Atlanta as a middle linebacker, he could also be looked at for both outside spots if the Bengals decide they want to keep Ahmad Brooks in the middle.