Thursday, April 29, 1999

Bengals will look at Dishman


Veteran cornerback to visit next week

BY GEOFF HOBSON
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        The Bengals have turned to a familiar face as a possible solution to their cornerback problem, looking to longtime Houston Oiler Cris Dishman.

        Dishman, cut by the Redskins after they drafted Champ Bailey, is expected here next week for a workout. The Bengals have installed rookie Charles Fisher as the starting left corner, but they still seek a veteran on a one-year deal and are getting nowhere with Ashley Ambrose, Ryan McNeil or Corey Sawyer.

        Dishman, who will turn 34 in training camp, is one year removed from the Pro Bowl. But he struggled so much last season that he wept openly in the locker room after one game, and the Redskins targeted Bailey early on.

        “He's bumping up against the end of his career, but we brought in a guy like that last year and Clyde Simmons played well for us,” Bengals President Mike Brown said. “He has been an effective cor nerback against us and has had a really good career. He's gotten older, but he would be a good transition player for us with our young cornerbacks.”

        Dishman, a former Louisville prep star, was scheduled to make $2.7 million this year. He also is expected to visit Kansas City next week. Ambrose plans to work out in Kansas City on Friday as teams circle around the remaining free-agent corners. Dishman's agent called the Bengals, who set up a workout.

        Sawyer's agent said this week that his client would like to return to Cincinnati because he is comfortable with the coaches and the system, but the Bengals said their offer didn't seem to impress the other side.

        The Bengals have no interest in re-signing running back/special teams captain Eric Bieniemy, who visited Philadelphia on Wednesday and has been talking to the 49ers.

       



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