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Mark Curnutte started covering the Bengals and the NFL for The Enquirer in 2000. He previously wrote about urban affairs and other social issues for the Enquirer. He won the prestigious 1994 Unity Award from Lincoln University (Missouri) for "A Polite Silence," a seven-day series about race relations in Greater Cincinnati. He also has worked as an assistant features editor and features writer at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Curnutte is second vice president and a three-year board member of the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). He is a 1984 Miami University graduate.

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Alexander agent will talk to Bengals

Shaun Alexander has returned home to Seattle following two free-agent visits this week, first to Cincinnati on Sunday and Monday and then New Orleans on Wednesday.

"Will be talking to Shaun today and in touch with Bengals today or tomorrow," agent Jim Steiner said in a noon-hour e-mail today to The Enquirer.

Alexander, who grew up in Florence and the league MVP in 2005, was released April 22 after eight seasons with the Seahawks.

The Bengals have a glut of running backs but are believed to be interested in Alexander as a possible backup to starter Rudi Johnson. Coach Marvin Lewis also said Chris Perry, the Bengals' first-round draft pick in 2004, is ready for on-field work beginning May 13.

Kenny Watson and DeDe Dorsey are other members of the Bengals backfield at tailback. Jeremi Johnson is the starting fullback.


at 5/08/2008 1:29 PM Blogger jemerick said...

If we sign Shaun Alexander it should be clear indication to the seriousness of Kenny Irons injury and their expectations about coming back this season.

at 5/08/2008 1:44 PM Blogger anon said...

Off topic but...
I'm surprised the Bengals didn't make this list of top ten worst franchises in pro sports:
Maybe the writer doesn't actually think the Bengals organization is professional.

at 5/08/2008 3:36 PM Blogger hey hey redlegs said...

no no no no no no! we have too many RBs as it is right now and if we do sign him who is getting cut? one of the younger players with more upside? kenny watson, the only reliable back we had last year? and how are we going to be able to afford him? we are pretty close to the cap already and don't need to waste money on an over-the-hill (in the RB world) runner who is injury prone and who falls at first contact. personally i never heard of him before 05 and that was the last good year he had (05=hutchinson blocking for him/ 06-07= no hutchinson, no good). and frankly i've never been very impressed by him.

at 5/08/2008 3:52 PM Blogger russ said...

Great link anon 1:44. I agreed with most of the list, but Minnesota made the list and the Bengals and Reds did not?... That's puzzling as the Twins are almost always at least a contender to make the playoffs.

at 5/09/2008 12:10 PM Blogger just face it said...

This smells of the sequel to the movie "The Griffey from Seattle Disaster" It's purely a move to sell tickets to a few over loyal Boone County residents. Coming home does not work out most times and he can't play special teams. Any fantasy football player knows Alexander has been a bust for a few seasons. All his stats come in 2 games a year (ala Chad) aand the rest of the year he struggles to get 50 yards. This would be a massive mistake if they signed him.

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