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Karel Hamilton joining Bengals as UDFA

The Bengals add to their receiver group with one of the FCS' best from this past season.

Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Former Samford wide receiver Karel Hamilton has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, he tells Cincy Jungle.

Hamilton finished his college career having set five school records, including career catches (279), career receiving yards (3,803) and career touchdown receptions (31). Hamilton finished with 111 catches as a senior — leading the FCS with an average 10.1 catches per game — for 1,389 yards and 14 touchdowns, earning first-team FCS All-America honors. He also ranked second in the nation in receiving yards per game (126.3) and fourth in total receiving yards.

The 6-foot, 199-pound Hamilton graduate this spring with a sports administration degree. He now will compete for a roster spot with the Bengal. IHe has a tough challenge ahead of him with John Ross, A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone likely locked into their roster spots, but Hamilton may be able to win one of those final 2-3 spots in 2017.