It wasn't easy. It wasn't fast. It was even a bit contentious. But after 11 days of free agency, Darqueze Dennard and the Cincinnati Bengals ended up where they started: Together.
The Bengals are re-signing their 2014 first-round pick on Thursday after weeks of haggling and walking away from the table by both sides. When the rest of the market didn't have what Dennard was looking for, he decided to come back home and the Bengals opened the doors.
Cincinnati signed B.W. Webb to essentially replace Dennard earlier in free agency, but now they end up with both.
Dennard and the club moved on from each other, with the cornerback even taking a visit to Kansas City earlier this week. Instead of signing Dennard, the Chiefs inked cornerback Bashaud Breeland, previously of the Packers.
From there the Bengals and Dennard reconvened and started over. Now the Bengals have two versatile secondary pieces alongside starting outside corners William Jackson III and Dre Kirkpatrick.