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Bengals Bytes (5/18): Behind the scenes

The Bengals re-signing Shawn Williams follows their roster building formula perfectly. One of the top college prospects finds himself in legal trouble, and James Harrison takes us on a behind the scenes trip through random drug testing.

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Cincinnati Bengals sign safety Shawn Williams to extension
When the Cincinnati Bengals waited until the seventh round to draft a safety a few weeks after losing Reggie Nelson to Oakland in free agency, it was an indication of how comfortable the team felt in moving Shawn Williams into the starting role.

Dyer: Sycamore product Darius Hillary eager to make Bengals 53-man roster
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Shawn Williams extended; 22 Cincinnati Bengals entering contract year
After signing safety Shawn Williams to a four-year contract extension Tuesday, the Cincinnati Bengals' list of pending 2017 free agents shrank slightly to 22. Williams was one of several key contributors the Bengals had been expected to attempt to lock up between now and next spring. Mostly a backup defensive player throughout his career, it seemed likely the Bengals would have Williams play out the 2016 season before making him an offer. That, of course, didn't ultimately happen.

Bengals say push game film aside to see why Shawn Williams got extension
Why in the world would the Cincinnati Bengals sign a player with just four games of starting NFL experience to a four-year extension that includes $19.5 million in new money? That's a pretty good question. Well, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, what say you?

Williams reacts to contract extension
Shawn Williams speaks with the media after signing a four year contract extension.

Four more years
Shawn Williams is a lot like his defense, the one defensive coordinator Paul Guenther crafted into the best Bengals scoring defense of all-time last year. Williams is a no-frills-all-business-down-home-versatile sort and that’s just the way Guenther likes to play his scheme. Guenther’s focus is not allowing points. Yards, and first downs are OK, just not points and he does it with a raft of packages that can match up in a chess game with the offense.

Williams' extension solidifies safety spot
The Bengals locked up the middle of their defense for the next five years Tuesday when they announced a four-year extension for safety Shawn Williams. Williams, who turned 25 Friday, would have been a free agent after this season but the Bengals added four more years on a deal believed to be in the $20 million range and keeps their starting safeties intact through the 2020 season.

Bengals sign fifth-round pick G Christian Westerman
The Bengals on Tuesday announced they have signed guard Christian Westerman of Arizona State, the team's fifth-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. Dubbed "the toughest kid in the draft" by Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander, Westerman excelled the last two seasons as Arizona State's starting left guard. He blocked for 1,000-yard rushers in each of his two seasons as a starter and was a prolific performer in the weight room.

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