Tuesday, February 16, 1999

Bengals targeting Broncos' Gordon




BY GEOFF HOBSON
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Bengals are one of two teams expressing serious interest in former Broncos cornerback and Super Bowl hero Darrien Gordon, The Rocky Mountain News reported.

        Gordon, 28, the NFL's career punt return leader who had four interceptions in Denver's last two games, counted $3.2 million against the '99 salary cap so the Broncos let him go.

        But Cincinnati is waiting for the first wave of free agents to fall, which means serious talk probably won't start until early March. Or until after this week's scouting combine.

        Bengals cornerback Ashley Ambrose is also waiting.

        There are no guarantees Ambrose can get the $3.3 million per year the Bengals have offered.

        Former Vikings cornerback Corey Fuller reportedly walked away from $4 million per year in Kansas City on Monday to sign with Cleveland. The Chiefs are looking to re-sign Dale Carter, but maybe a spot opened in Minnesota.

        The Bengals are going to wait to see what other teams do before getting serious. In fact, a decision regarding one of their four quarterbacks could be made before a free agent is signed. General Manager Mike Brown invoked Monday the $500,000 March 1 roster bonus of Jeff Blake.

        “We'll make some kind of decision by the end of this month and that ought to send a message,” Brown said.“I don't think we'll be active (right away in free agency). We'd be quite content just to get back some of our players from last year.”

        Safety Sam Shade and defensive end Clyde Simmons have both drawn interest from other teams.

       



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