Bengals sign second-round running back Giovani Bernard

Joe Robbins

The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Thursday that they've signed their eighth record to a contract, leaving two unsigned draft picks from the 2013 draft class.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Thursday that they've signed second-round running back Giovani Bernard.

According to the rookie allocation chart, Bernard is projected to earn $5,253,342 with a signing bonus of $2.2 million and a cap number of $955,153 during his first season.

Currently the Bengals have signed eight of their ten rookies, leaving third-round safety Shawn Williams and first-round tight end Tyler Eifert as the team's remaining unsigned draft picks from the 2013 class.

Bernard was selected No. 37 overall, which the Bengals received during the Carson Palmer trade in 2011 -- the other being Dre Kirkpatrick at No. 17 overall during the 2012 draft.

In two seasons with North Carolina, Bernard generated 2,481 yards rushing on 423 carries (5.9 yard/rush average) with 25 touchdowns. Equally impressive were his 92 receptions for 852 yards and six touchdowns. During both seasons combined, Bernard posted 3,333 yards from scrimmage and 31 touchdowns and even added two touchdowns during 16 punt returns last year.

Bernard displayed multiple rushing and receiving skills in college and offers promise of a new dimension for the Bengals offensive scheme. He averaged 107.9 rushing yards per game and 144.9 scrimmage yards per game.

"Giovani is a dynamic guy, both running the football and catching it," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "And he was one of North Carolina’s hardest-working guys on the team, so he fits the mold of guys we like – not only good, but extremely hard-working."

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