The Cincinnati Bengals have waived rookie receiver Justin Hilton, who played at Indiana State. He had signed with the Bengals as a free agent on May 2nd. In three preseason games, Hilton only caught one pass for 30 yards.
The Bengals also signed free agent center Jeff Faine (6’3 291 lbs.)—a 10-year NFL veteran that has played for Cleveland, New Orleans and Tampa Bay. The Cleveland Browns selected Faine in the first round of the NFL 2003 draft from Notre Dame.
Last season, Faine started 15 games for Tampa Bay and played on a line that ranked 11th in giving up the fewest sacks. In nine seasons, Faine started 117 games. Both the Saints and Bucs named him team captain.
After starting center Kyle Cook went down with an ankle injury, the Bengals needed a replacement to protect quarterback Andy Dalton.
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was surprised about Faine’s availability.
“I think he’s got plenty of gas left and can play a couple of more years,” said Gruden.
The Bengals will need a strong center against fearsome division rivals like the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.