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Mr. Laz
03-18-2006, 09:24 PM
Bengals Will Not Match Walter Offer

The Bengals will decline to match the offer made by the Houston Texans to WR Kevin Walter, head coach Marvin Lewis said today.

Walter is one of the Bengalsí restricted free agents.

"Kevin has been a fine player for us, and he deserves the opportunity heíll get in Houston to be a starting receiver," Lewis said. "But as we build our roster for the upcoming season, we believe itís in the best interest of our team to allocate these funds to another position."

The Bengals had tendered Walter an offer at his 'draft staus' level, requiring any other team signing him to compensate Cincinnati with a draft pick in the same round in which Walter entered the NFL. Walter was a seventh-round draft choice of the N.Y. Giants in 2003, and the Bengals will receive Houstonís seventh-round choice in next monthís draft.