After inconsistent play on the offensive line in 2018, the Cincinnati Bengals shored up the unit with an interior player.
The Bengals have signed guard John Miller to a three-year, $16.5 million deal, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. The team later made the news official.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Miller spent the past four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, starting in 47 games at right guard. The Bengals likely view Miller as an upgrade over Alex Redmond, who drew 15 starts at right guard in 2018.
Miller represents the second move in free agency that the Bengals made for the front five. Earlier in the week, the team re-signed right tackle Bobby Hart to a three-year deal.
Consistency on the offensive line is needed for the 2019 season when considering Bengals signal-callers Andy Dalton and Jeff Driskel were sacked a combined 37 times in 2018.
Here are other transactions we're monitoring Friday:
- Standout nickelback Bryce Callahan isn't going back to the Bears but he is reuniting with Vic Fangio as he is signing with the Denver Broncos, NFL Network's James Palmer reported. ESPN first reported the news. Callahan, a four-year vet with the Bears, had his best season to date last year when he posted career-highs of 45 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and six passes defended. Rapoport reported that the deal is for three years, $21 million with $10 million guaranteed. The team later announced the signing.
The Broncos are also re-signing tight end Jeff Heuerman to a two-year deal worth up to $9 million, NFL Network Insider Rapoport reported, per a source.
- All-Pro and Pro Bowl special teamer Adrian Phillips has re-signed with the Los Angeles Chargers on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. Phillips, a safety, showcased his versatility last year as a safety/linebacker with career-highs of 77 tackles and 12 passes defended. He also tallied an NFL-high 19 special teams tackles.
- The Baltimore Ravens announced they have come to terms with former Pro Bowl special teamer and defensive back Justin Bethel on a two-year contract. Bethel played six seasons with Arizona, going to three straight Pro Bowls for his special teams prowess from 2013-2015.
- The New York Jetsbrought back kicker Chandler Catanzaro to replace Jason Myers, who made the Pro Bowl last season. Catanzaro, who spent the 2018 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers, played for the Jets in 2017.
- The Houston Texans signed cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun to a one-year deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Boddy-Calhoun started 22 games over the past three seasons for the Browns. The team confirmed the signing.
- The Oakland Raiders announced that they have signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver J.J. Nelson. Nelson spent the last four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, recording 81 receptions for 1,439 yards in 56 career games. Oakland also announced the signing of defensive end Josh Mauro, who played last season for the Giants, tallying 28 tackles in four starts over 12 games. In addition, the Raiders announced two re-signings: exclusive rights free agent linebacker Jason Cabinda (three starts, 21 tackles) and unrestricted free agent guard Chaz Green (one start).
- The Chicago Bearsannounced the signing of receiver/kick returner Marvin Hall to a one-year contract on Friday. Hall played with the Falcons the last two seasons and averaged 23.6 yards per kickoff return in 2018 over 26 returns. Hall is regarded as one of the NFL's fastest players.
- The San Francisco 49ers released defensive lineman Cassius Marsh, the team announced Friday. Marsh had three starts and 5.5 sacks in 16 games last season.
- The Kansas City Chiefs will host former Bengals first-round pick Darqueze Dennard, as Rapoport reported the cornerback will take a free-agent visit.
- The Tennessee Titansannounced they are releasing guard Josh Kline, who started 46 games for over the past three seasons.
- The Jacksonville Jaguarsannounced the signing of tight end Geoff Swaim, who spent four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed offensive lineman Earl Watford, with NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reporting it's a one-year deal for the former Cardinals and Browns player.