Jay Ratliff was released by the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason, and though the former star defensive tackle hasn't played since last year, he is receiving a ton of interest now as he looks to continue his NFL career again.

We reported earlier on Saturday that the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs are all interested in Ratliff. It's becoming more and more likely he will sign with the Chiefs, who have one of the top defenses in the NFL, are still undefeated and offer Ratliff the best chance to win a Super Bowl ring.

However, it looks like a new team has entered in on the Jay Ratliff sweepstakes. According to ESPN, the Cincinnati Bengals are now interested in the nine-year veteran. With Geno Atkins now out for the season, the Bengals need help on their defensive line, which has led to them contacting Ratliff.

Ratliff would be a great replacement for Atkins. Reports say he will be ready to go and start playing again within the next 2-6 weeks. That's enough time for Cincinnati to get him familiar with the playbook and everything as they prepare for the NFL Playoffs.

Cincinnati is not fully into the signing, but it's a great option for them with Atkins out. Ratliff may already be familiar with Cincy's system, as he worked with defensive coodinator Mike Zimmer when he coached Ratliff in Dallas.

Ratliff was out all last year with a groin injury, and had to have surgery in December for a sports hernia. He has 228 tackles and 27 sacks for his career, serving as one of the league's top nose tackles when playing in Dallas' 3-4 defense. 

By Josh Dhani


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