Bengals Claim DeAngelo Willingham Off Waivers

Safety. Safety. Safety. Apparently the Bengals didn't prefer the players available at safety during the NFL draft that they're addressing the position through college free agents and available free agents. Before bringing Ken Hamlin and C.C. Smith into town for a visit, they signed guys like Jeromy Miles and Bryan Evans after last weekend's NFL Draft.

They're far from finished.

According to Joe Reedy, the Bengals claimed former Tennessee Volunteer and Seattle Seahawk safety DeAngelo Willingham.

Willingham (6-0, 200; Tennessee) is classified a first-year NFL player. He entered 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 and was waived yesterday.

An indication of how much Seahawks fans liked Willingham, when FieldGulls.com announced the move, one commenter wrote, "Wait, who is DeAngelo Willingham?" Either way, keep bringing 'em in Marvin and Mike. We're bound to find a diamond in the rough.

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