Terms of the deal were not announced but the Bengals had tendered the restricted free agent a one-year offer worth $1.43 million prior to the start of free agency, preserving their right to match or decline any offer Sanzenbacher might receive from another team. Sanzenbacher, a Toledo native and Ohio State alumnus, will be a fourth-year player in 2014. He joined the Bengals late in the 2012 season. He played in 10 games last season with one start. He had six catches for 61 yards.
The Bengals lost Andrew Hawkins as a restricted free agent to Cleveland but that should open up the opportunity for Sanzenbacher to get more playing time. Sanzenbacher, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Chicago in 2011, has 34 career receptions for 344 yards and three touchdowns.
"Dane is a player with an instinctive feel for the game," said Bengals wide receiver coach James Urban, "and he should have the chance for more playing time this year than we were able to find for him last year. Heâs got assets that can help make us better."