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Cincinnati Bengals sign free agent wide receiver

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The Cincinnati Bengals have had a poor off-season this year. Marvin Lewis and company haven't made any big moves to improve their playoff losers and have even lost some key performers.

Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was one of those to leave - the Cleveland Browns made him a better offer - and now the Bengals have moved to try and fill that void.

Cincinnati have re-signed free agent wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, the team announced on their official twitter account. 

“Dane is a player with an instinctive feel for the game and he should have the chance for more playing time this year" - wide receiver coach James Urban is noted to have said on completion of the deal.

Sanzenbacher, a former Ohio State Buckeyes’ standout, went undrafted in the 2011 before getting a deal with the Chicago Bears.

After appearing in all 16 games and catching 27 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie, he was waived jnear the end of the 2012 season and joined the Bengals

Sanzenbacher had six catches for 61 yards in 10 games for the Bengals in 2013 where he was second fiddle to AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Hawkins, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham and Giovani Bernard.

Sanzenbacher should provide competition for the slot position and his game is based on that of other smaller receivers like Wes Welker.

The 25-year old was happy to complete a new deal saying “I’ve had a sense of comfort in Cincinnati. I’ve found it to be an easy place to play,” according to Joe Danneman of FOX19.

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