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Bengals Sign Veteran Linebacker Michael Boley

The Bengals added some depth to their linebacker crew today by signing the veteran Michael Boley


The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Tuesday that they've signed former Giants and Falcons linebacker Michael Boley. To make room, they released cornerback Curtis Marsh who signed with the Bengals on Sept. 18.

Boley, a former fifth-round pick by Atlanta in the 2005 NFL draft, is an eight-year veteran and former starting linebacker for the New York Giants ('09-'12) and Atlanta Falcons ('05-'08). Boley has played 121 games with 102 starts, along with five postseason games played. Boley finished fourth on the Giants with 84 tackles while leading the team with 14 tackles for loss and three interceptions. He joins the team with 685 career tackles, 9.5 quarterback sacks, eight interceptions and eight forced fumbles.

The New York Giants released Boley in February playing four years on a five-year deal worth $25 million that he signed in 2009. Boley also has had some legal issues in the past year stemming around child support and domestic abuse. This may have contributed to the Giants not bringing him back.