Laveranues Coles' time with the Cincinnati Bengals lasted just one year -- the team cut him on Thursday.
The Bengals singed Coles in 2009 to a four-year, $28-million contract, but his play on the field never reflected those numbers. He ended last season with just 43 receptions for 514 yards in 16 games, including nine games with two or fewer catches.
Coles, who is now an unrestricted free agent, was due to make $4.65 million in 2010, and also would have earned a bonus of $100,000 if he participated in the offseason conditioning program.
So it's back to the drawing board for the Bengals, who are hoping to find a solid No. 2 receiver to play opposite Chad Ochocinco. While fans are hoping for Brandon Marshall, it's best they not hold their breath.
... the Broncos made a first-round tender on him worth $2.521 million. Denver would match an offer and then would negotiate to trade him. The last time the Bengals traded out of the first round was 1989, and they haven't traded a draft pick for a player since 1998 when they acquired Colts quarterback Paul Justin for a fifth-round pick.
More likely: Kevin Walter, of the Houston Texans.