March 16, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals signed defensive tackle Pat Sims to a two-year deal on Wednesday, retaining another free agent from a defense that ranked second in the NFL in fewest points allowed last season.

Sims, a third-round pick in 2008, played in Oakland from 2013-14 before returning as a free agent. He has started 23 games for Cincinnati. Last season, he shared a sack in Cincinnati's playoff loss to Pittsburgh.

Keeping the defense intact has been a priority for Cincinnati in free agency. The Bengals signed starting safety George Iloka to a five-year, $30 million deal and brought back cornerback Adam ''Pacman'' Jones on a three-year deal Tuesday. Cornerbacks Leon Hall and starting safety Reggie Nelson also became free agents.

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