Bengals reach deal with QB Bruce Gradkowski



CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have reached an agreement with quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who knows Cincinnati’s new offensive system and will help develop rookie Andy Dalton.

The 28-year-old quarterback was in Tampa from 2008-09 with Jay Gruden, who was hired as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator in February. The Bengals drafted Dalton in the second round in April, but he’s been unable to learn Gruden’s system from the coaches because of the NFL lockout.

Owner Mike Brown indicated on Tuesday that Dalton would get a chance to start. Jordan Palmer is their only other experienced quarterback.

Carson Palmer has told the team he would retire rather than play another season in Cincinnati, which has two winning records in the last 20 years.