Report: Bengals, Wright agree to one-year deal


April 20, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Former Ravens backup quarterback Anthony Wright agreed in principle to a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals last night, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Bengals have been seeking insurance in case starter Carson Palmer is not ready for the start of the season. Palmer is coming off major knee surgery.

The Ravens never showed interest this offseason in re-signing Wright, who was 2-5 as a starter for the Ravens last season when Kyle Boller went down with a toe injury.

He threw for 1,582 yards and had six touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

Wright led the Ravens to their last playoff appearance in 2003 before being sidelined in 2004 with a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, South Carolina free safety Ko Simpson is scheduled to visit the Ravens this week. Making seven interceptions in two seasons, he is considered a second- or third-round pick. The Ravens enter the draft without a starting free safety.

In other news, former Titans running back Eddie George said he believes the team will release quarterback Steve McNair.

"Once [owner] Bud Adams makes a decision about you, his mind is made up," George told the NFL Network. The Ravens are expected to pursue McNair if he is cut by the Titans.

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