It's the second year in a row that the Bengals have signed their top pick before the start of training camp. The club had a history of holdouts until a rookie salary cap was instituted under the collective bargaining agreement last year.
"It's great for the club and great for Dre to have him signed this early," coach Marvin Lewis said. "Contracts can be a distraction for young guys drafted high, but now he can put all that behind him and focus on making himself better and making us a better team."
Cincinnati now has six of its 10 picks under contract.