Bengals sign Sam Montgomery to futures contract

CINCINNATI -- After spending the 2014 season on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad, Sam Montgomery will have another chance to prove he belongs on the 53-man roster later this year.

The defensive end on Monday became the 10th player signed this offseason to a reserve/futures contract by the Bengals. It's a sign the team expects him to compete for a spot in the defensive line rotation in offseason practices and workouts. Cincinnati's pass rush was lacking this past season, and served as a point of contention for coaches who have vowed to make the unit better.

Montgomery played in three of the Bengals' four preseason games last August. He recorded four tackles and had a sack.

An LSU product, Montgomery was a third-round pick by the Texans in 2013. He didn't appear in a game that season, and was released in late October 2013 after he and two teammates had violated team rules. ESPN.com reported at the time they were suspected of smoking marijuana in the team hotel the night before a loss at Kansas City.

The Bengals picked up Montgomery last offseason in hopes he could use his experience as an outside linebacker and defensive end to help their pass rush. When he didn't make the active roster at the end of the preseason, he was added to the Bengals' practice squad.