Notebook: Cincinnati Bengals re-sign linebacker Jordan Evans to one-year deal
Linebacker Jordan Evans is returning to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Evans signed a one-year contract to remain with the Bengals, the team announced on Sunday.
Evans’ return gives Cincinnati a veteran presence in its young linebacker room. The 26-year-old is currently the team’s oldest linebacker.
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The veteran can play inside linebacker in the Bengals’ base nickel defense or slide to the outside when the team decides to play in a 4-3 defensive alignment. He’ll likely enter the season as one of the team’s top backup options at linebacker.
Evan has produced 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks, seven passes defended and two interceptions in 60 career games. He also has 17 tackles on special teams. The fifth-year defender has spent his entire career in Cincinnati. He was drafted by the Bengals in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma.
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Wide receiver depth: On the offensive side, the Bengals officially re-signed wide receiver Mike Thomas on Friday.
Thomas joined the Bengals prior to last season after spending the first four years of his career in Los Angeles with the Rams.
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The 6-foot-1 receiver played in 14 games in his first year in Cincy. He hauled in 13 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed on special teams.
Thomas has totaled 23 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown in his career.
The wideout will probably have similar role in his second season in Cincinnati. Expect Thomas to be called upon as a reserve receiver and play on special teams.