CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03: Safety Chinedum Ndukwe #41 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass to tight end Benjamin Watson #82 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
According to his personal twitter account, former Bengals safety Chinedum Ndukwe finally found a home after spending the first month without a home in the NFL, announcing that he signed with the Oakland Raiders Monday night. Ndukwe was placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a major knee injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 12 last year (what's with the Steelers and knee injuries for Pete's sake?).
Ndukwe, a seventh round pick in the 2007 NFL draft that started 31 games in four seasons with the Bengals, wasn't offered a contract to return. Often described as a hard-hitter with strong run support, but average in coverage, Ndukwe generally performed as a backup safety that contributed significantly on special teams, but easily shifted into a starters role when injury hit the secondary (most notably, Roy Williams). He was also often on the field during nickel situations that required Chris Crocker to cover a receiver. Ndukwe, also known as The Duke, posted six interceptions, seven quarterback sacks during his Bengals career and recorded more than 60 tackles in each of his final three seasons.