As the 2014 National Football League free agency frenzy hits full stride, the 2013 AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals hit the market with caution.
The only free agent addition for the Bengals through the first week of the free agency period reunites a former Bengal draft pick with the team. Outside linebacker Dontay Moch (6-2, 255, Nevada), the Bengals' third-round draft pick in 2011 and the 66th. pick overall, has been added to the offseason roster after being placed on waivers by the Arizona Cardinals and claimed by his original team.
Moch broke his foot in pre-season of the 2011 campaign and, while he was reactivated for practice in October, 2011, saw no time on the field during his rookie season. Moch's second season was no more productive as he was suspended by the National Football League for the first four games of the 2012 season for a substance abuse violation. Upon his return, he saw action in one game, registering no tackles before being placed on season ending injured reserve November 1, 2012, for issues with migraines.
Upon the Bengals cutting ties with Moch, the Arizona Cardinals added him for the 2013 season. He played in just four games for the Cardinals, registering three tackles and one sack. While he should provide a low-cost option at linebacker for the Bengals heading into training camp, his history of injuries and substance abuse means he will be a longshot to make the final 53-man roster.