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Bengals sign free agent T Hart

— The Sports Xchange —

The Cincinnati Bengals took a step toward improving their offensive line by signing free agent tackle Bobby Hart on Wednesday.

Hart played in 34 games with 21 starts for the New York Giants during his three-year NFL career. He was a seventh-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2015.

“Bobby is a young player with three years of NFL experience, and he has very good upside and tools,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in statement. “We are excited to add him to the team as we improve our offensive line. The offensive line is a focus area for us, and this is one of various steps we are taking to improve our performance.”

Hart began the 2017 season as the Giants’ starting right tackle. He lost his starting job after two games, but regained a starting spot late in the season.

He was released by the Giants before the final regular-season game amid reports that he told coaches that he would not play in the finale because of an ankle injury.

The Bengals used two 2015 draft choices — Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher — as their starting tackles to begin the 2017 season.