Updated: June 12, 2003, 11:19 AM ETBy By Darrell Trimble
Cincinnati Bengals: The team acquired S Rogers Beckett from San Diego. The Bengals will pick up his $530,000 salary. "We hope to get a look at him and see if he's good enough to make our football team," coach Marvin Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. A second-round choice by the Chargers in 2000, Beckett played in all of San Diego's 48 games the past three seasons, with 29 starts. Unfortunately, Becket has only two interceptions to his credit. He will, however, have a defensive guru in Lewis to learn from and still may be able to fill his vast potential. Miami Dolphins: WR Oronde Gadsden is likely to re-sign with the Fish and fight to regain his status as the team's No. 2 receiver. The Miami Herald reports that two sources close to Gadsden said he told them he plans to sign with the Dolphins relatively soon, perhaps in time to participate in the final quarterback school next week. Gadsden is the remaining free-agent starter from last season whom the Dolphins haven't signed. Gadsden and agent Michael Todd could not be reached for comment. The only significant suitor for Gadsden this offseason was the Minnesota Vikings, but he balked at their three-year, $3 million offer and found himself generating little interest elsewhere. He did get a look from New England, Tennessee and Jacksonville, but none of those teams made a formal offer. Gadsden recently began working with a private trainer to get in shape for next season and to put himself in a better position to outshine free-agent acquisition WR Derrius Thompson.
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