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Ratliff waived, Ohio connections in New England

The Bengals waived Keiwan Ratliff Wednesday to make room for Blue Adams after signing a two-year deal.

Keiwan Ratliff became the highest draft choice released in the Marvin Lewis era Wednesday when he was replaced by fellow cornerback Blue Adams on the Bengals 53-man roster. In what appears to be a move to shore up the special teams, the Bengals opted for Adams and his 19 special teams tackles last season in Tampa Bay. []

The Bengals are getting nothing from the first three picks of their 2005 draft. Now they're getting nothing from their first two picks of the 2004 draft. Tailback Chris Perry has missed 29 of a possible 51 games because of injury and is on the physically unable to perform list. Now cornerback Keiwan Ratliff, the team's first of two second-round picks in 2004 and the 49th overall, is gone. The Bengals waived the fourth-year player Wednesday. Ratliff, who was in head coach Marvin Lewis' doghouse, played in 51 games with eight starts over three-plus seasons. [Enquirer]

Ratliff, a star at the University of Florida from Columbus Whitehall-Yearling High School, never developed into the impact player the Bengals anticipated. Adams joined the Bengals as a free agent from Tampa Bay on May 7. He missed the first three preseason games while rehabbing a neck injury, but played in Cincinnati's preseason finale and got waived on Sept. 2. He's expected to give the special teams' coverage units a boost. Adams is a former University of Cincinnati star who was a seventh-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2003. He made 33 tackles in 29 games with Tampa Bay the last two seasons. [DDN]

Remember me? A list of Bengals/Ohio people now with the Patriots.

  • Kelly Washington. Former Bengals WR 2003-06.
  • Mike Wright, DL. Former University of Cincinnati player and Purcell Marian High School graduate.
  • Matt Light, OT. From Greenville, Ohio and played at Greenville High School.
  • Mike Vrabel, LB. Former tOSU Buckeyes player and badass.
  • Bam Childress, WR. Former tOSU Buckeyes player.
  • Dean Pees, Patriots defensive coordinator, is from Dunkirk, Ohio and attended Bowling Green. He was also a college coach at Finlay, Miami (Oh), Toledo and Kent State.
  • Pepper Johnson, Patriots d-line coach, played at tOSU.

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