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Postby sammyj1404 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:24 pm

seems like the bengals are close to getting hartwell. his agent claims cincy is the #1 place he wants to be, but there are other teams offering too. would he be a good fit in cincy? i don't even remember if he is any good
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Postby jayday » Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:19 pm

Bengals are looking to get him at a cheap price and Ed is looing for a chance to prove himself again...

He played well his first couple of years in Baltimore, but since then he hasn't been the same...I'll take him for the right price though...Gives us flexibility in the draft...
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Postby aaawall91 » Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:34 pm

Bengals.com wrote:Hartwell in post draft mix

By GEOFF HOBSON
April 29, 2007

Posted: 6:50 p.m.


Ed Hartwell
The agent for veteran linebacker Ed Hartwell said Sunday night he’s trying to wrap up a deal with the Bengals after a weekend they didn’t draft a linebacker.

“It’s a possibility,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “He’s looking for a place to call home.”

Lewis said he felt good about the seven newest Bengals, but admitted he’ll probably feel better next year when he figures the Bengals will have as many as four compensatory picks because of free-agent losses.

He noted the bushel held by AFC North rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore that, along with Cleveland, Lewis thought had solid drafts.

“Those teams, with those picks get an opportunity to do that,” Lewis said. “I think we’ll sit here next year and feeling a little stronger about where you’re picking, No. 1, and having more picks, and you can fill on paper what are perceived needs.”

The Bengals did fill some of their more glaring needs by taking three of the most physical defensive backs in the draft, one of the top speed backs, and a fifth-round pick projected as the long-term backup quarterback.

“We can fill 11 spots next year, you guys will be happy,” Lewis told the media.

Lewis couldn’t help but gaze back at the second round when the Bengals drafted Auburn running back Kenny Irons with the 49th pick. That came at the end of a defensive run that whisked away the Michigan duo of inside linebacker David Harris and defensive end Lamarr Woodley just before the Bengals picked.

“The only thing that you can possibly do is allow people to (trade) up to your spot,” Lewis said of trades, “and if a guy you have in your grouping of three or four guys is there, then you’re probably going to stay there and pick the guy.

“If they’re not, then you have a chance to move back. The only time in the second were people really hot to move up, and when everybody got to our pick they quit calling because the guys we all coveted, which I think were all defensive players, were all gone off the board.”
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Postby sammyj1404 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:56 pm

we should have a 1 year deal with hartwell by tomorrow

A one-year deal for linebacker Ed Hartwell in Cincinnati is "expected to get worked out," and maybe as soon as Tuesday, agent, Harold Lewis said Monday night.

"The team knows and Eddie knows it's a perfect fit," Lewis said. "For years people have been talking about their offense. You bring in a guy like Eddie Hartwell, and suddenly people are talking about your defense. We're stil working on some things, but I expect we'll get it worked out."

Even head coach Marvin Lewis, usually mum on the subject of free agents, was expansive on the subject of Hartwell Sunday night after the Bengals didn't draft a linebacker this past weekend. Harold Lewis said his client is anxious for a reunion with Marvin Lewis. His old coach in Baltimore sounds like he's looking forward to it as well.

“It’s a possibility,” Marvin Lewis said. “He’s looking for a place to call home.”

Marvin Lewis joked that after the Ravens took Hartwell in the fourth round in his last year as defensive coordinator in 2001, he never let him play a down of defense.

"He must really like me," Lewis said.

Lewis said Sunday night he felt good about the seven newest Bengals, but admitted he’ll probably feel better next year when he figures the Bengals will have as many as four compensatory picks because of free-agent losses.

He noted the bushel held by AFC North rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore that, along with Cleveland, Lewis thought had solid drafts.

“Those teams, with those picks get an opportunity to do that,” Lewis said. “I think we’ll sit here next year and feeling a little stronger about where you’re picking, No. 1, and having more picks, and you can fill on paper what are perceived needs.”

The Bengals did fill some of their more glaring needs by taking three of the most physical defensive backs in the draft, one of the top speed backs, and a fifth-round pick projected as the long-term backup quarterback.

“We can fill 11 spots next year; you guys will be happy,” Lewis told the media.

Lewis couldn’t help but gaze back at the second round when the Bengals drafted Auburn running back Kenny Irons with the 49th pick. That came at the end of a defensive run that whisked away the Michigan duo of inside linebacker David Harris and defensive end Lamarr Woodley just before the Bengals picked.

“The only thing that you can possibly do is allow people to (trade) up to your spot,” Lewis said of trades, “and if a guy you have in your grouping of three or four guys is there, then you’re probably going to stay there and pick the guy.

“If they’re not, then you have a chance to move back. The only time in the second were people really hot to move up, and when everybody got to our pick they quit calling because the guys we all coveted, which I think were all defensive players, were all gone off the board.”
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Postby samoan sledgehammer » Tue May 01, 2007 9:56 pm

Does anybody else think that if Hartwell signs that means Odell goes Bye Bye? A year or 2 of Hartwell will give Brooks a chance to mature and learn the defense better.
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Postby samoan sledgehammer » Tue May 01, 2007 10:16 pm

Here's an update from bengals.com


http://www.bengals.com/news/news.asp?story_id=6019
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Postby sammyj1404 » Thu May 03, 2007 6:25 pm

GOT HIM! ;-D

Bengals.com wrote:The Bengals have agreed to terms with veteran linebacker Ed Hartwell on a one-year deal, according to his agent, Harold Lewis.

Hartwell’s reunion with Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, one of the men who drafted him in Baltimore in 2001, has been five years in the making. Speculation is he’ll get a shot at the starter’s spot at the right outside spot as the club’s most experienced backer in the wake of Brian Simmons’ release.

Hartwell has played in 77 NFL games, virtually two seasons more than the next linebacker on the roster, Landon Johnson with 48 games.

The Bengals don’t comment on player additions until they receive a signed contract.

In Hartwell, the Bengals now have one of the free agents people were clamoring for them to get before the 2005 season. But after Hartwell signed a mega deal in Atlanta to play middle backer, he played only 13 games for the Falcons. As he struggled with injuries, Atlanta responded by putting Keith Brooking back in the middle and the club ended up cutting Hartwell last month.

Marvin Lewis wouldn't comment earlier this week when asked where Hartwell would play. The Bengals have penciled in second-year man Ahmad Brooks in the middle.

Hartwell, who turns 29 in three weeks, had a big year for the Ravens in 2002 when Ray Lewis played just five games. He logged 105 tackles and 39 assists the season after Baltimore took him in the fourth round out of Western Illinois during Marvin Lewis' last year in Baltimore.

"Marvin is one of his favorites," Harold Lewis said last month. "We were hoping that the Bengals would show interest after the 2004 season, but other teams showed more."

Hartwell blew out his Achilles in the fifth game of the '05 season and had knees cleaned out before last season, but Harold Lewis said he's recovered, and he must have passed the Bengals' physical when he visited last month.
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