Bengals Reportedly Sign Defensive End Bobby McCray

Defensive end Bobby McCray was a seventh round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004 after a relatively successful Florida Gator career, recording 14.5 quarterback sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss during his final two seasons in college.

McCray would go on to record 22 sacks in his four year tenure with the Jaguars before signing a five-year deal worth $20 million with the New Orleans Saints. His first season in New Orleans amounted to six sacks and the following season, he recorded 1.5 sacks in 2009.

Season Team Games Starts Tackles Sacks
2009 New Orleans 16 0 8 1.5
2008 New Orleans 16 8 29 6.0
2007 Jacksonville Jaguars 14 9 18 3.0
2006 Jacksonville Jaguars 15 12 35 10.0
2005 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 1 16 5.5
2004 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 7 24 3.5
        134 29.5

McCray was released by the Saints on September 3.

The Bengals were one of four teams to invite McCray in for workouts in early November, according to National Football Post's Aaron Wilson.

The Bengals signed McCray, according to the Dayton Daily News' Carlos Holmes.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Cincinnati Bengals have signed defensive end Bobby McCray to beef up its pass rush.

If the report is true -- we do have our suspicions -- that would mean the team has to release one player for room so McCray makes the 53-man roster. The team would also have to release a second player for Antwan Odom when his one-week exemption expires next week. However, the signing could also indicate a growing fear that Jonathan Fanene's hamstring isn't healing as quickly as they'd like.

Keep in mind at this point that the team has yet to officially announce anything and neither Geoff Hobson or Joe Reedy have confirmed the report.

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