Bengals Announce Signing Of Shawn Williams

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The Bengals announced the signing of third-round pick Shawn Williams on Friday morning.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced the signing of their third-round pick, safety Shawn Williams, on Friday morning. First-round pick Tyler Eifert is now the only remaining unsigned draft pick.

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Williams' cap number is expected to be $543,986 in 2013 and the total value of his contract is $2.716 million over the next four years.

Williams played in 54 games at Georgia and was one of the best run-stopping safeties in college football. He finished with 98 tackles in 2012 and was named a team captain. In his senior season, he only allowed 16 completions from 62 passes thrown into his area.

Williams will compete, and is the favorite, according to many analysts, to start at strong safety alongside Reggie Nelson when the season rolls around. Other candidates are Taylor Mays and Jeromy Miles. One of the things the Bengals liked about Williams was his ability to quarterback the defense from the safety position, something he did while at Georgia.

Now the Bengals have nine of their 10 draft picks under contract. Expect Eifert to sign any day now.

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