Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN 16 Days

Bengals re-signed restricted free agent WR Dane Sanzenbacher to a one-year, $1.431 million contract.

Sanzenbacher was tendered at the lowest level. The former undrafted free agent out of Ohio State caught six passes for 61 yards in ten games last season. He has just seven grabs the past two seasons after reeling in 27 passes as a rookie for the Bears in 2011. Sanzenbacher will compete for a roster spot.

Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN 11 Months

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals coaches view WR Dane Sanzenbacher as a "clone" to pre-injury Jordan Shipley in the slot.

Shipley, who is now with the Jaguars, posted a 52/600/3 line for the Bengals as a rookie in 2010 before tearing up his knee early in 2011. Andrew Hawkins is locked into the slot for 2013, but perhaps the Bengals view Sanzenbacher as a potential replacement if they decide not to tender Hawkins a contract next offseason. Hawkins is a vastly superior player.

Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN Dec 30 '12

Bengals declared WR Dane Sanzenbacher, CBs Terence Newman and Jason Allen, S George Iloka, DTs Devon Still and Brandon Thompson, and TE Richard Quinn inactive for Week 17 against the Ravens.

Sanzenbacher was just claimed off waivers on Christmas Eve and doesn't know the offense. Newman is dealing with a groin injury while Allen has a hamstring issue. The rest are healthy scratches.

Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN Dec 25 '12

Bengals claimed WR Dane Sanzenbacher off waivers from the Bears.

After catching 27 passes for 276 yards and three scores in his 2011 rookie season, Sanzenbacher appeared in just four games, catching one pass for seven yards in Chicago this season. He just didn't fit into offensive coordinator Mike Tice's offense. Sanzenbacher will add depth in the slot behind Andrew Hawkins in Cincinnati.

Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN Dec 24 '12

Bears waived WR Dane Sanzenbacher.

Sanzenbacher would've had a better chance this year if the Bears had retained Mike Martz, whose offense heavily utilized a slot receiver. Instead, the Bears went with Mike Tice and Sanzenbacher managed to appear in just four games, securing one pass for seven yards. He had 27 grabs as a rookie in 2011.

Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN Aug 06 '12

Dane Sanzenbacher is operating at Earl Bennett's direct backup.

With 25-year-old Devin Thomas surprisingly retiring Sunday, Sanzenbacher's chances of making the team improve dramatically. In the five games that Bennett missed last season, Sanzenbacher averaged 3.0 catches for 26.6 yards with two touchdowns.

Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN Jun 14 '12

Dane Sanzenbacher "might face long odds" to make the Bears' final roster, according to ESPN Chicago.

Sanzenbacher showed some ability out of the slot as an undrafted rookie last season, but struggled with drops and had no explosion after the catch. With Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and special teamer Devin Thomas now on the roster, Sanzenbacher is on thin ice.

Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN Dec 26 '11

Dane Sanzenbacher caught four passes for 51 yards in Chicago's Week 16 loss to the Packers.

As he has done often this season, Sanzenbacher padded his stats during garbage time, hauling in three catches for 35 yards as the Bears drove for a meaningless field goal down 35-18. Despite managing to stay on the Bears' active roster all season as an undrafted rookie, Sanzenbacher won't be guaranteed a roster spot in 2012.

Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN Nov 03 '11

Dane Sanzenbacher will slide into the fourth receiver role with Earl Bennett (chest) returning this week.

"(Sanzenbacher) does the same stuff Earl does so now he can help out at the 'X' receiver, too," OC Mike Martz said. "He actually plays four positions for us. He'll be all over the place. And he's going to start for us in our four-wide receiver sets." Sanzenbacher can be dropped in all redraft leagues.

Dane Sanzenbacher WR CIN Oct 23 '11

Dane Sanzenbacher was held to two catches for 13 yards in Sunday's win over the Bucs.

Sanzenbacher has now made two or fewer catches in three of his past four games. With Earl Bennett (chest) expected back following the Bears' Week 8 bye, Sanzenbacher is well off the fantasy radar.