In a move expected since Andrew Hawkins signed with Cleveland last month, the Cincinnati Bengals re-signed wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
A fourth-year player out of Ohio State, the 5-foot-11, 184-pound Sanzenbacher was a restricted free agent who was free to negotiate with other teams, but he elected to return to the team he signed with on Christmas Day 2012 after a two-year stint with the Chicago Bears.
Sanzenbacher appeared in 10 games last year, catching six passes for 61 yards. He, along with third-year wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, are the leading candidates to fill the slot receiver void created by Hawkins’ depature.
“Dane is a player with an instinctive feel for the game,” Bengals wide receivers coach James Urban. “He should have the chance for more playing time this year than we were able to find for him last year. He’s got assets that can help make us better.”