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Report links Cincinnati Bengals to Georgia QB Aaron Murray


Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was among the players interviewed by the Cincinnati Bengals at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, and the club is believed to have interest in the Bulldogs' record-breaking quarterback.

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A number of signs point to Murray making sense for the Bengals. One would be the club's apparent affinity for Georgia players. There are seven on the roster, something Murray was aware of as far back as the Reese's Senior Bowl. As well, new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, while expressing offseason support of starter Andy Dalton, has indicated that the club could be interested in drafting a quarterback, but not in the early rounds. That would fit Murray's profile as a mid- to late-round pick.

Murray, for his part, would welcome the pairing, if only for the chance to work again with the most gifted receiver he's ever thrown to.

"I'll play anywhere, but the chance to get to play with A.J. (Green) again would be incredible," Murray said, according to "He's an unbelievable receiver and one of the best in the NFL. We had a good relationship and chemistry in college, so it would be nice to hook up with him again."

Murray is working toward being prepared for Georgia's April 16 pro day, but in recovering from a torn ACL, his pre-draft preparation has involved more rehab than refinement. Figure the Bengals to be among the clubs in attendance, which could be a bit more telling this year than most years. While a school as typically talented as Georgia would normally draw coaches and scouts from all over the NFL, the Bulldogs won't be making much of an impact on this year's draft. Murray and tight end Arthur Lynch were the only two Georgia players invited to the combine, and neither will be getting a phone call on the draft's first day.

That foretells a more sparsely attended pro day, and any team attending will almost certainly do so out of interest in at least one of the two.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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