The Cincinnati Bengals have decided to part ways with wide receiver Onterio McCalebb after reaching an injury settlement with him, the team announced Sunday.
McCalebb was part of the first wave of cuts last week when Cincinnati trimmed the roster to 75 players. He was given the waived/injured designation before reverting to I.R. He now becomes an free agent for any team to sign.
Since going undrafted out of Auburn in 2013, the Bengals signed and have worked McCalebb as a cornerback, despite his playing running back in college. McCalebb's development was slow as expected, though he did make his NFL debut last year at Baltimore by playing on special teams.
That helped lead to the Bengals moving him to wide receiver this offseason, but he rarely even saw the field in training camp and the preseason while also battling a thigh injury. He was eligible for the practice squad, but the team did not have room for him on it.
McCalebb is one of the only players in SEC history to gain more than 2,000 yards rushing, 1,000 yards in kick returns and 500 career receiving yards during his time at Auburn. During his college career, McCalebb averaged 25.7 yards on 53 kickoff returns, including touchdowns of 83 and 100 yards.