Bengals Say WR Pickens on Way Out
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Carl Pickens, the Cincinnati Bengals controversial receiver, is on the way out of town.
The Bengals excused Pickens from attending a mini-camp that starts Saturday and is considered mandatory for the players.
``We are working to make an arrangement that will separate Carl from the Bengals,″ Jim Lippincott, the team’s director of pro and college personnel, said of a player who is the team’s career leader in reception but has angered management with a variety of complaints.
``We believe this is in the Bengals’ best interests, and we are working for the arrangement most advantageous to the club. The arrangement is not completed, but there is a high likelihood it will be done soon.
Pickens did not return a telephone message left Friday at his home. His agent, Steve Zucker, also did not return a call.
Several other teams have expressed an interest in Pickens, but the Bengals have not been able to work out a deal.
Pickens, 30, has played all eight of his NFL seasons for Cincinnati. He is entering the second season of a five-year, $23.25 million deal that he signed just before the 1999 season opener to end a holdout.
He has played 120 games for the Bengals, including 111 starts, scoring a total of 388 points. He caught 530 passes for 6,887 yards and 63 touchdowns.