Monday, February 4, 2013
Howard's end in Cincy?
By Tim Kavanagh
For Cincinnati Bengals LB Thomas Howard, the end of the season occurred quite a while before the rest of his teammates, as an ACL tear during practice on Sept. 13 capped his 2012 campaign at just one game. It was especially unfortunate timing for the LB, as his contract with the Bengals is up this offseason, and the surgically repaired knee may limit his value as a free agent. So have we seen the last of him in Cincinnati?
With Howard's exit from the lineup, undrafted rookie Vontaze Burfict took over as the team's starting WLB. However, with starting MLB Rey Maualuga also hitting free agency, the club may shift Burfict over to the middle, which gives them a vacancy on the weak-side again. Though Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer isn't certain the team will re-sign Howard, he may come at a bigger discount than Maualuga.