Bengals sign No. 2 pick
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - The Cincinnati Bengals signed second-round draft pick Eric Steinbach on Tuesday to a four-year, $3.63 million contract.
Steinbach, a guard from Iowa, received a $1.8 million signing bonus, and his contract includes a chance to earn at least $460,000 in incentives, agent Jack Bechta said.
Steinbach was in Cincinnati about 2 p.m. Tuesday when he got the call that the deal was done. He immediately drove the 70 miles to Georgetown College, signed his contract and was in uniform for the last 30 minutes of practice.
''I was glad I was able to get down here and get some work in,'' Steinbach said. ''I only missed a day and a half, so I don't think I'm that far behind.''
Steinbach is listed as the Bengals' starting left guard, the only rookie expected to start this season.
''For his position, he's a very athletic player,'' coach Marvin Lewis said. ''He's a big man who has a great desire to be a great football player.''
The Bengals still have one unsigned draft pick - third-round receiver Kelley Washington of Tennessee.
Also Tuesday, Cincinnati acquired rookie offensive lineman Noah Swartz off waivers from Dallas. Swartz, a University of Toledo product, signed with the Cowboys as a free agent after the 2003 draft.
Three players missed parts of practice Tuesday with injuries: receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring), tight end Matt Schobel (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ron Smith. Lewis said Smith has a slightly torn tendon in his right biceps.