Bengals sign Cedric Peerman for two years

Miles, Hawkins, Rey get tender offers

CINCINNATI - The Bengals have agreed to a two-year deal with running back Cedric Peerman, a special teams standout who could have become a free agent next week.

Peerman had two long runs off fake punts last season. He also carried 34 times for 178 yards.

Also, the Bengals made tender offers to safety Jeromy Miles, receiver Andrew Hawkins and linebacker Vincent Rey. As a result, Miles will become a restricted free agent next week. The Bengals maintained exclusive rights to Hawkins and Rey for next season.

Peerman, a fourth-year pro in 2013, posted career-best offensive numbers in 2012. He also had nine receptions for 85 yards and finished fourth on the special teams in tackles (nine).

 "It's great to have Cedric's situation wrapped up; he's a smart and productive player who keeps getting better for us," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "And the guys we've tendered have also contributed to us reaching the playoffs each of the last two years. They are players we want to retain, and this (tender process) is a step in that direction."
         
As an RFA, Miles will have the right to negotiate with other teams, but the Bengals will have the right to retain him by matching any signed offer. An RFA can remain with his original team by signing the one-year tender, or by negotiating a longer-term contract with his club.

The deadline for a restricted free agent to sign an offer sheet from another team is April 19. Any RFA who has not signed an offer sheet by that date will have his 2013 NFL rights revert exclusively to his 2012 club.

Miles was second on the special teams in tackles (12) last season, and he had a career-best 15 tackles on defense.

As exclusive-rights players, Hawkins and Rey also have the option of signing the tender offer or negotiating a longer-term contract with Cincinnati.

Hawkins was the No. 1 slot receiver for the Bengals last season, ranking third on the team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (533) while scoring four touchdowns.

Rey played in every game with one start in '12, with 18 tackles on defense and 12 (tied for third place) on special teams.

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