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BENGALS TO DUMP ODELL FOR MISSING VOLUNTARY WORKOUTS

Posted by Mike Florio on May 19, 2008, 10:22 a.m.

A league source tells us that the Bengals plan to release linebacker Odell Thurman on Monday.

But we’re told that the move isn’t the result of any relapse of substance abuse or renewed misconduct by the talented-but-troubled defender, who missed most of the past two NFL seasons due to a suspension. Instead, the Bengals allegedly are cutting Thurman for missing voluntary workouts last week.

Thurman participated in a rookie minicamp. After his grandmother recently died, he had to travel to Georgia for the funeral. Betty Thurman raised Odell, whose mother died in 1993 and father died five years ago. Betty Thurman was seriously ill when Odell was reinstated last month by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Bengals, per the source, told Thurman to come back to town for so-called Organized Team Activities one day after his grandmother’s funeral. When he got to Georgia, however, Thurman realized that he couldn’t leave so quickly.

Advised that he couldn’t make it back, the Bengals said that he either had to return for the OTAs, or he’d be released. We’re told that his locker was cleaned out on Tuesday, May 13.

Calls to two members of the Bengals’ P.R. department were not answered, and messages left have not yet been returned. (In fairness, however, it’s been only 20 minutes or so since I called them.)

If the contention regarding the reason for the release is accurate, the move would be a clear violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, since the workouts were voluntary in nature. Over the past several years, a chronic failure by the NFL Players Association to enforce this rule has contributed to an atmosphere in which teams often think that they can treat attendance at the voluntary drills as mandatory — and thus they often do.

It’s presently unknown whether Thurman will file a grievance due to the decision to cut him. His better move might be to try to latch on with another team, and continue his attempt to fulfill the promise that he showed as a rookie in 2005.

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Bulls**t... OTOH, Odell just can't catch a break. I'm sure his Grandmother was like a mother to him. Hopefully he doesn't go on an alcoholic binge.

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if that is true thats really heartless. there has to be more to it if its true.

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if that is true thats really heartless. there has to be more to it if its true.

Agreed. Why dump the guy now after all they've been through?

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That would just be freakin stupid. He's talented. At least give him a shot to make the team. What's wrong with this organization?

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I swear this team is lead by idiots. Why not release him when he was working out. If they get sued for this they deserve it.

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By the way the enquirer has the same story up on Curnette's blog.

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Man, I dogged Odell for blowing tests and driving drunk and all, but for God's sake if you stick with him through that, give him some time for a damned funeral. Christ almighty, it's May. Sure he could really use being at camp, but when someone that important to you dies, you stick with your family.

If Marvin really cuts him for this, it's a total d*ck move.

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Something doesn't smell right here. This just does not sound like something Marvin Lewis would do. It is either untrue or there is way more to the story. I cannot buy this story as-is.

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My guess is the condition for his return was 100% following what the team wanted. Period.

It is a position he put himself in with his problems over the last three years. Unfortunate, but the reality.

Frankly, I am somewhat relieved at not having to wonder about the team putting eggs in his basket again and then he runs into problems in August and is back on suspension.

Time to close the book on this one and move on.

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And, apparently, consider this a message delivered to the team.

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Hobson says it's true.

Total bulls**t move IMO.

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If Odell gets released over this i'm going to be really pissed and our LB corps is looking alot worse now.....Rivers to the middle o_O?

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Bengals press release says Thurman has been released, quoting Marvin as saying they have not seen the right steps from Odell to reestablish his career. Not sure what's going on, but given our shortage at the position, something must be going on that we haven't heard about.

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....................................................

Jeanty...Jones...Rivers "sigh"

liked the idea of brooks,odell,rivers much more -_-

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The guy who couldn't cut it for Arizona's mighty defense?

new talent added at our linebacker position, we've determined it's best to keep moving in a direction that does not include Odell."

Rivers can only play one linebacker position -_-

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Well, this is highly highly disappointing for obvious reasons.

That said, at least we can move on and stop wondering. They really are serious about putting the past behind them, it seems, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Well, I guess he did say he was 'cleaning house'. So, what, if any, guys with known arrests/problems are still on this team? (not including recent draft choices)

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Time to sign Takeo Spikes. Blackstock might not be that good but atleast he can make it on the field unlike some other lb from UVA.

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Unbelievable. I wonder what issues have happened now that caused this move?

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Time to sign Takeo Spikes. Blackstock might not be that good but atleast he can make it on the field unlike some other lb from UVA.

So that's something to be excited about because he can make it on the field? I'm sorry I like a little upside when they are on the field -_-

Unbelievable. I wonder what issues have happened now that caused this move?

Would seem because Odell didn't rush back the day after his grandma was buried,god forbid him taking care of family stuff.

PS, :cheers: heres for getting Rey Maualuga in 2009.

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The guy who couldn't cut it for Arizona's mighty defense?

Errr.......he backs up a player you may have heard of. a very, very good player. One we should have drafted instead of Chrissy Perry.

Karlos Dansby

You may have heard of him :-) If not, search for "franchise tag" and "arizona" and "Pro bowl".

Steve Young backed up Joe Montana for a while, guess that means Steve Young couldn't cut it either, eh?

anyway, back to Odell

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Would hope there is more to this than cutting him because of OTA's.

Anyway, with Henry, Chad and now Odell, this team is rapidly running out of good karma for a decent season. I'll think a few times before ponying out the DirecTV fee to watch them out here in Cali.

You guys realize Eric GuyCheck & Fanene are the only remaining players from the 2005 draft now that Odell is history?

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From 2004, there is Stacy & Geathers, all 4th round guys or lower. The entire first day draft for those two years is gone.

Actually, Chris "Two Carry" Perry is still (unfortunately) with us from that draft.

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