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We Got A Safety!

…but not Ken Hamlin.  No, this guy comes courtesy of the bargain bin.  Bengals.com reports that DeAngelo Willingham (who??) has been claimed off waivers from the Seahawks:

Willingham (6-0, 200; Tennessee) is classified a first-year NFL player in 2010. He entered the NFL as a rookie on May 1 of last year as a college free agent with Tampa Bay.

He played in Tampa Bay’s first three preseason games, with eight tackles, and was acquired on waivers by Dallas on Aug. 31. He played in the Cowboys preseason finale (one special-teams tackle) and was waived by Dallas on Sept. 5. He spent Games 1-3 of the regular season on New England’s practice squad and spent the last nine games on Seattle’s practice squad. He was signed to Seattle’s offseason roster on Jan. 5 of this year.

Here’s the write-up Pewter Report gave him when the Bucs signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009:

Willingham (6-0, 200) finished the final two seasons of his collegiate career at Tennessee after transferring from College of Desert in California. He recorded 80 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed in two seasons at Tennessee.

Obviously the final piece of our championship puzzle!  All kidding aside, it looks like the team may be choosing to flood the position with youngsters in the hopes that they find a diamond in the rough rather than pay for a vet.


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One Response to “We Got A Safety!”

  1. dan says:

    This happens alot in Cincy. They go into a draft saying they need “x” position and then don’t fill it, or only fill it in the later rounds. But at least this year they got the TE and WR help they wanted.

    On paper, it looks like these rookies will help this year. If so, and barring more injuries, Cincy has the inside shot to win the division. No matter what the analysts say, Baltimore only really helped one position–WR–and with a gimpy player. Not that they couldn’t win the division by two games, but I don’t see anything on paper that necessarily gives them an edge over Cincy.

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