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NFL front offices got quick to work on Monday night lining up their undrafted rookies. The league gave teams permission to talk to agents before signing them Tuesday morning at 10.
The Bengals got on the board, reaching an agreement in principle with Colerain’s Brian Lainhart, who played safety at Kent State. Lainhart played in the East-West Shrine Game and participated in the Bengals local pro day, but didn’t think the team had much interest in him. Until Monday.
Bengals sign OL Matt O'Donnell
KINGSTON, Ont. -- The next phase of Matt O'Donnell's eventful off-season sports odyssey is going to take him to the NFL.
The towering six-foot-10, 325-pound offensive lineman with the Queen's Gaels signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday. The NFL becomes the third different professional league O'Donnell has been associated with since the end of the Canadian university football season.
O'Donnell took part in the CFL's evaluation camp in March and was selected in the second round, 15th overall, by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian college draft in May. But he put his CFL aspirations on hold to instead take part in a tryout with the NBA's Boston Celtics despite having not played basketball since high school.
On Thursday, O'Donnell will trade his highcuts in for cleats and again don the pads when the Bengals open their training camp in Georgetown, Ky.
"It's been pretty hectic," O'Donnell said. "But there's also been quite a lot of time between events.
"I'm just tremendously happy to have this set in stone and know where I'm finally going now."
Financial details of O'Donnell's deal weren't available but it's hard to fault him for wanting to try out south of the border. The NFL's minimum salary for rookies this year will be US$375,000, roughly eight times more than he could expect to earn in the CFL.
Even if the Bengals kept O'Donnell on their practice roster, he'd earn more than $5,000 a week, again more than he'd likely make even as a member of Saskatchewan's active roster.
With the 4 1/2 month-long lockout ending Monday, NFL teams started getting back to the business of football. Players began reporting to their team headquarters Tuesday, while clubs were allowed to sign their own free agents, draft picks and undrafted players, plus make trades.
While the prospect of playing basketball intrigued O'Donnell, there's no question in his mind what his sport of choice has always been.
"I grew up playing community football, high school and university and it's in my family too," O'Donnell said. "I have two older brothers who played it with me.
"My goal has been to play football at the highest level. Growing up I always loved watching the game, be it in the CFL or NFL."
The 22-year-old native of Comox, B.C., enjoyed a solid collegiate career at Queen's, helping the school capture the 2009 Vanier Cup while being named a first-team All-Canadian in 2009 and 2010.
And on Jan. 20, he played for the West team that lost 25-8 in the annual East-West Shrine game in Orlando, Fla.
But O'Donnell and other rookie free agents certainly face a tough challenge in NFL camps. The lockout prevented teams from holding off-season workouts, rookie camps and meetings with coaches, meaning first-year players will be forced to learn on the fly during training camp.
"It's going to be a real compressed schedule," he said. "I'm really going to have to get in there and hustle as much as I can."
While O'Donnell's top priority now remains cracking the Bengals roster, he has no qualms about heading to Regina and joining the Roughriders should a career in the NFL not pan out.
"I'd love to play football for the Riders in the future if at all possible," O'Donnell said. "I love the CFL, I grew up watching it and watching the (B.C.) Lions pretty much every game and every week.
"I'd like to thank the Roughriders for drafting me and it was hard to turn them down because they were such a great team going to the championship game the last two years. It was kind of a game of jump rope just trying to decide my future held."
Matt went to both of my former schools (Queens University and Holy Cross High School) and was a man among boys at both. He was a huge part of our Vanier Cup win in 09 and is a tremendous athlete. I hope he can make the transition to the NFL game much like Corey Greenwood (another former Kingston HS player) did witht he Chiefs on Special teams last year.
Good luck Matt!
Kentucky defensive end DeQuin Evans will sign with the Bengals.
SOURCEThe Cincinnati Bengals have signed former Oakland Raider Bruce Gradkowski as quarterback to replace the retiring Carson Palmer.
Gradkowski was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2006.
Terms of the two year deal have yet to be disclosed.
Local 12 Sports Director Brad Johansen confirmed the deal Wednesday afternoon
The Bengals won't officially announce their college free agents until all have passed their physicals and have signed paperwork but Lewis said the team had "about a dozen" players committed.
Reports from various sources have one of those players being Anderson High School graduate Mark Wetterer, an offensive lineman from Louisville.
Other players who have reportedly agreed to terms are Chris Riley (offensive tackle, Illinois State), DeQuin Evans (defensive end/outside linebacker, Kentucky), Thomas Weber (kicker, Arizona State), Matt O'Donnell (offensive lineman, Queen's College, Ontario), Josh Davis (offensive lineman, Georgia), Bart Johnson (wide receiver, TCU), Keith Darbut (defensive end, Baldwin-Wallace), Brian Lainhart (safety, Kent State) and Colin Cochart (tight end, South Dakota State).
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After Deuce Lutui failed his physical on Sunday, the Bengals were again in the market for a guard. They got one on Wednesday as former Eagle Max Jean-Gilles signed a one-year deal worth $1.15 million.
The team announced that they have waived five players — WR Landon Cox, OT Andrew Gardner, WR Bart Johnson, WR John Standeford and RB Jonathan Williams. Gardner and Standeford are second-year NFL players. Cox, Johnson and Williams were signed this year as college free agents.
The next cut will likely be a big one. NFL rosters must be trimmed to 75 from current 90 by August 30th. On September 3rd rosters must be trimmed to 53 and teams must decide whether to keep a player on the PUP list. (on September 5th teams can sign up to 10 players to their practice squads)
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The Bengals terminated the contract of CB Fred Bennett. Waived LB Stephen Franklin, WR Jamere Holland, S Tom Nelson, QB Jordan Palmer and CB LeRoy Vann.
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The Bengals have waived DT Lolomana Mikaele with an injury settlement.
The Bengals have signed DT Cornell Banks.
Banks (6-2, 310) signed as a college free agent with Baltimore on July 28. He played in the Ravens’ first two preseason games (no statistics). He was waived by the Ravens on Aug. 27.
With Jason Shirley questionable for Thursday’s preseason finale against Indianapolis, the Bengals were a little light on the defensive line.
He will most likely be cut by the weekend.
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Bengals Saturday transactions:
Waived LB DeQuin Evans, RB Jay Finley, RB John Griffin, WR Andrew Hawkins, CB Korey Lindsey, T Matthew O’Donnell, G Chris Riley and K Thomas Weber.
Terminated the contracts of DE Victor Adeyanju, G Max Jean-Gilles and CB Jonathan Wade. Waived FB Fui Vakapuna, CB Brandon Ghee, QB Dan LeFevour, CB Rico Murray, TE John Nalbone, DT Jason Shirley, FB James Develin, CB David Pender, DE James Ruffin, WR Calvin Russell, DT Cornell Banks.
Placed LB Roddrick Muckelroy and TE Bo Scaife on the Reserve/Injured list. Placed LB Keith Rivers on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. Placed CB Adam Jones on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. G Bobbie Williams placed on the Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner list.
The Bengals have 48 hours to look over the waiver wire (900 players cut), they can announce their practice squad on Monday.
The Bengals have made 3 waiver claims thus far:
the team picked up Patriots wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Tate, Eagles center-guard Mike McGlynn, and Dolphins tight end Mickey Shuler.
The Tate move resulted in the toughest of cuts when the Bengals let go third-year wide receiver Quan Cosby, their all-time leading punt returner with a 10-yard average on 70 returns. Throw in 40 fair catches, and he never fumbled one. They also released backup tight end Chase Coffman and backup center Reggie Stephens.