Reports surfaced on Monday that the Bengals were scheduled to work out former Giants and Falcons linebacker Michael Boley on Tuesday. The team invited two other linebackers for Tuesday's workout, Maalik Bomar and Etienne Sabino, both local products.
Sabino, an Ohio State alum, suffered a broken fibula after playing eight games during his senior season. He still generated 45 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, an interception, and forced fumble. After going undrafted during the 2013 NFL draft, Sabino signed as a college free agent with the New York Giants. The great Land Grant Holy Land site writes of Sabino:
Sabino has the physical capability to be a solid NFL player. He is well-built at 6'2, 247 pounds, and is endowed with the athleticism to be used in a variety of roles, from rushing the passer to holding the edge. His speed and hustle are excellent.
Sabino does not appear to have very good natural instincts, however, and could have trouble getting on the field in any capacity but special teams as a result. Despite his potential, Sabino had a rather underwhelming career with the Buckeyes.
Unfortunately, Sabino was waived when teams were required to get under the maximum 75 players.
Bomar is a University of Cincinnati graduate who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars following the 2013 NFL draft. He played 47 games at linebacker in Cincinnati, generating 178 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, five passes defensed, three sacks, two forced fumbles, two recoveries and an interception. Bomar was also released when the Jaguars reduced their roster to the maximum 75 players.