CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Bengals announced Friday afternoon that they have re-signed veteran offensive tackle Dennis Roland.
The 6-foot-9, 322-pound lineman out of the University of Georgia made his NFL debut with the Bengals in 2008 and has played in every for the team since 2009 (67 games including the playoffs).
Roland, a six-year NFL player who signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 after going undrafted, has seen time at both tackle and as an extra blocking tight end in certain situations during his time in Cincinnati.
Last season, Roland helped pave the way for running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis to lead the NFL in third-and-1 conversions (14). Green-Ellis failed to convert only one of those situations last season.
“Dennis is a solid pro who has helped us make the playoffs three of the last four years,” Bengals assistant head coach/offensive line coach Paul Alexander said in a press release. “He’s a known quantity, a guy we have relied on, and we are glad to have him back for 2013.”
Roland is the eighth player on 2012 Bengals roster who has re-signed with the Bengals.
Defensive ends Robert Geathers and Wallace Gilberry, long-snapper Clark Harris, punter Kevin Huber, linebacker Rey Maualuga and place-kicker Mike Nugent have also re-signed with the team.
Defensive end Michael Johnson was designated as the club’s franchise player and has signed a one-year tender offer, with negotiation of a longer deal still an option.
Another Bengal, defensive back Adam Jones, has agreed to terms with the team but his signed contract has not been received by the team.
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