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Bengals release former Wolverine TE McGee

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From the EPN.com website:

McGee, 31, was the current team leader in games played (136) and started (134) with the Bengals. He played in 11 games and started nine in 2001 and registered career lows in both receptions (14) and receiving yards (148) while scoring just one touchdown.

The former Michigan standout joined in the team as a second-round selection in the 1993 draft and earned a starting job as a rookie. Until last season, when he missed the last five games of the year with a knee injury, McGee had started 14 or more games every year. In fact, he had missed just three games in his entire career until the 2001 campaign.

The release of McGee will save the Bengals $1.3 million on their 2002 salary cap. The Bengals must still count $500,000 against the spending limit for McGee, the remaining prorated share of a past signing bonus.

McGee had his finest season in 1995, when he caught 55 passes for 754 yards and four touchdowns, but the role of the tight end has been de-emphasized in the Bengals offense for the past several years. McGee had not caught more than 26 passes in a season since 1997 and hadn't been over 400 receiving yards since that year.

His career totals include 299 receptions for 3,795 yards and 20 touchdowns.

I don't know much about this guy, but being drafted in the 2nd round tells me this guy did have skill. And him being a former Wolverine he might even want to come here. He put up some pretty solid numbers when the TE was featured more prominently in the offense, but I can't tell you about his blocking ability or if he is even healthy? Can somebody fill in the blanks for me.

Would he be a good signing, or is his best days long past him by. The Dallas Cowboys are very interested, so if he is a good pick-up we better act very fast.

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The problem with Tony McGee is that he's not the best blocker in the world, and that's what the Lions want. He can run, though, and catch; so he's worth a shot--at the right price (minimum only).

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