Five-time Pro Bowler and free agent S Roy Williams visited the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The Bengals are a strong possible destination for Williams because he would have the opportunity to rejoin his former defensive coordinator with Dallas, Mike Zimmer, who now holds the same position in Cincinnati. Zimmer was pleased with Williams’ workout, he told the Enquirer.
- “It was a good workout. I wanted to evaluate him from when I remembered him,” Zimmer said. “He’s still got some quickness.” …
- During Zimmer’s tenure in Dallas, Williams flourished in a 4-3 defense, playing close to the line of scrimmage and establishing a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the game. … After Zimmer departed and Wade Phillips replaced Bill Parcells as head coach, the Cowboys switched to a 3-4, in which Williams struggled. He had to play further off the line and was beaten routinely in coverage in the open field.
Williams had two years remaining on a five-year, $25.2 million extension with Dallas when he was released on March 6. After starting every regular season game in his first five seasons in Dallas, Williams started 13 games and appeared in 15 in 2007. In 2008, he started just two games and appeared in three, tallying six tackles, no sacks and no interceptions.
In another potential roster move, the Bengals signed FB Naufahu Tahi to an offer sheet for one year and $1.4 million, with $500,000 guaranteed, the paper reported. Minnesota has seven days to match the offer if it wants to retain Tahi.