Friday, March 03, 2000
Bengals land versatile lineman
BY GEOFF HOBSON
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Offensive lineman Scott Rehberg hoped to put a controversial stint in Cleveland to rest Thursday when he signed a two-year deal with the Bengals for minimum salaries.
The club views Rehberg as a backup at every spot but center and plans to line him up behind left guard Matt O'Dwyer at mini-camp.
He's huge. He's a mon ster, Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander said of the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Rehberg. He's got strong hands, he's smart, tough and versatile with a lot of tackle experience in college.
Rehberg, the Browns' third pick in the expansion draft from New England, started 10 games at right guard, two games at left tackle and one game at right tackle.
Rehberg was involved in a controversy with fellow tackle Lomas Brown. When Rehberg couldn't play a game because of the flu, Brown ripped him for frequently complaining about injuries. Coach Chris Palmer fined Brown $1,000.
Things got ugly up there, Rehberg said. It snowballed. I don't plan on rehashing it. I want to put it behind me.
With Rehberg getting $385,000 this season, $413,000 next year and no bonus, the Bengals figure to be out of the hunt for Jay Leeuwenburg. Leeuwenburg, in Rehberg's role last year, turned down a deal at the end of the season that was probably for less than the $900,000 he made in '99.
Rehberg is reunited with Alexander after eight years. Alexander recruited Rehberg for Central Michigan out of Kalamazoo but then took a job with the New York Jets.
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