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The Best Cincinnati Bengals Linebackers of All Time

Big fan of Cincinnati football? Then check out this list of Cincinnati Bengals linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout Cincinnati Bengals history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the Cincinnati defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Bengals LBs include Brian Simmons, James Francis, Rey Maualuga, and Landon Johnson.

In the 2017-18 NFL season, the current Cincinnati Bengals starting LBs and backup LBs are Brandon Bell, Vontaze Burfict, Jordan Evans, Carl Lawson, Hardy Nickerson Jr., Vincent Rey, and Nick Vigil. 

Who are the best linebackers in Cincinnati Bengals history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Cincinnati Bengals starting linebacker.

Photo:
  • 1

    Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976

  • 2

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

  • 3
    81
    36

    Brian Simmons

    Seasons: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

  • 4

    Seasons: 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

  • 5
    63
    27

    James Francis

    Seasons: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

  • 6
    47
    22

    Bill Bergey

    Seasons: 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969

  • 7

    Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

  • 8
    58
    44

    Vincent Rey

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

  • 9

    Seasons: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

  • 10
    27
    10

    Al Beauchamp

    Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968

  • 11
    43
    30

    Odell Thurman

    Seasons: 2005

  • 12

    Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978

  • 13
    49
    42

    Nick Vigil

    Seasons: 2018, 2017

  • 14
    20
    8

    Bo Harris

    Seasons: 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976

  • 15

    Seasons: 2010, 2009, 2008

  • 16
    23
    12

    Carl Zander

    Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

  • 17

    Seasons: 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

  • 18

    Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991

  • 19
    13
    6

    Joe Kelly

    Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986

  • 20
    11
    6

    Ken Avery

    Seasons: Seasons: 1972,1971, 1970

  • 21
    11
    9

    Ron Pritchard

    Seasons: 1975, 1974, 1973

  • 22
    15
    15

    Landon Johnson

    Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

  • 23
    10
    9

    Leo Barker

    Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

  • 24

    Seasons: 2012, 2011

  • 25

     Seasons: 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998