Bengals re-sign DE Robert Geathers

The Cincinnati Bengals continue to keep their players from reaching free agency. The latest is defensive end Robert Geathers, who re-signed with the Bengals, according to the team's official website.

Geathers is the fifth Bengals player to sign before the start of free agency, joining punter Kevin Huber, long snapper Clark Harris, kicker Mike Nugent and defensive end Wallace Gilberry.

As Geoff Hobson from the team's website points out, Geathers is entering his 10th season in Cincinnati, which allows him to join an exclusive club. Only two other defensive linemen, end Eddie Edwards and nose tackle Tim Krumrie, have played a decade with the Bengals.

Geathers, 29, is the longest-tenured Bengal on the roster. He is a two-time team leader in sacks and is one of eight Bengals to have 10 or more sacks in a season.

Last season, he finished with three sacks and was fourth on the team with 18 quarterback pressures. He is a key member of the left end rotation with Carlos Dunlap.