Report: Bengals showing interest in free agent DE Trey Hendrickson

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With the edge rusher market moving fast and Carl Lawson still out there, the Cincinnati Bengals are starting to show interest in defensive end Trey Hendrickson.

The report comes from NFL reporter Josina Anderson, who wrote the following: “I’m told the #Bengals are entering into the Trey Hendrickson conversation as well. Adding to my tweet below from earlier today.”

Hendrickson, 26, had a major breakout season last year for the New Orleans Saints, posting 13.5 sacks and a 72.1 PFF grade. He had previously never had more than 4.5 sacks in a season, so it’s hard to get a gauge on what his market really looks like.

Still, with the market moving so fast for pressure creators, Hendrickson is the type of 4-3 end who would make sense in the multiple scheme for the Bengals.

Whether this is a fallback plan with Lawson negotiations not working out, a way to pressure Lawson’s camp or even a way to add to the opposite end and have them both on the field at the same time remains to be seen — but the Bengals aren’t sitting on their hands during this first day of legal tampering.

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