Bengals give tender offers to two members of defense

Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur had 91 combined tackles and two interceptions in the 2014 regular season.  

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The Bengals have extended tender offers to LB Emmanuel Lamur and CB Chris Lewis-Harris, whose Cincinnati contracts from 2014 are set to expire today.

Lamur is a fourth-year NFL player in 2015, and the tender makes him a restricted free agent (RFA). He may negotiate with other teams, but the Bengals could retain him by matching any competing signed offer. If Lamur does not sign with another team, he can remain with the Bengals by signing the one-year tender, or by negotiating a longer-term contract.

Lewis-Harris, a third-year player in ’15, was tendered an offer that assures the Bengals of his exclusive NFL rights for the season. He has the option of signing the tender or negotiating a longer deal with Cincinnati.

As an RFA, Lamur has until April 24 to sign an offer sheet from another team. If he has not signed an offer sheet by that date, his 2015 NFL rights revert exclusively to the Bengals.

Lamur played his first Bengals season as a starter in 2014 and ranked third on the team in tackles (90), despite missing two games to an injury. He had two interceptions and led the front seven in passes defensed (seven).

Lewis-Harris has played in 10 games over the last two seasons, mostly on special teams but with some action at CB. He has been on the roster for all three Bengals playoff games the last three years, playing in two and inactive for one.

(Cincinnati Bengals press release)