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Braham returns to Bengals, inks two-year deal

CINCINNATI (May 13, 2005) -- The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a two-year contract with center Rich Braham, an unrestricted free agent who the team wanted to keep while it develops younger linemen.

Braham, 34, has played in 129 games for the Bengals, trailing tackle Willie Anderson's 136 games for most on the roster. Braham had told the team he wanted to return.

Braham had arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 31 that kept him out of the lineup. He started 10 games last season.

The Bengals are trying to develop his successor. They drafted center Eric Ghiaciuc from Central Michigan in the fourth round last month, and signed Louisiana State center Ben Wilkerson as an undrafted free agent.

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