On Monday the Bengals announced the signings of two draft picks and an undrafted free agent. They have also waived a defensive tackle.
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Porter, the team's fourth-round pick, Porter, and their sixth-round pick, Burkhead, are likely to contribute as rookies. Porter is considered a possible backup at multiple linebacker positions and a strong pass rusher. Over the last three seasons at Texas A&M, he made 261 tackles, including 14.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss.
Burkhead is a versatile running back and can not only carve some playing time in the backfield, but he could contribute on special teams as well. He was limited to eight games in 2012 due to injury, but he averaged 6.9 yards per carry and finished his career in Nebraska as the team's fifth all-time leading rusher with 3,329 yards.
Stephens was offered a contract after he tried out for the team during rookie minicamp. The former Stanford defensive tackle will fight to provide more depth on the team's talented and deep defensive line.
Chappelear, the player the Bengals waived on Monday, was signed as an undrafted free agent on April 30 and participated in the team's rookie minicamp.
The Bengals have now signed five of their 10 draft picks. Burkhead and Porter now join wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, offensive tackle Reid Fragel and center T.J. Johnson as signed draft picks. Only Tyler Eifert, Giovani Bernard, Margus Hunt, Shawn Williams and Tanner Hawkinson remain unsigned.