The Bengals have signed cornerback C.J. Goodwin, per Adam Schefter.
Bengals have signed free-agent CB CJ Goodwin, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2018
This comes as the Bengals’ cornerback room is getting hit with injuries and having rookies come along slower than hoped for.
Goodwin was an undrafted free agent signed by the Steelers in 2014, though he never played a regular season game for them. He then moved onto the Falcons and Cardinals. In 2016 with Atlanta he played in 14 games with 1 start and recorded 2 passes defensed and 6 tackles. He played on the Falcons’ Super Bowl team in 2016, so he has some nice playoff experience.
In 2017 he played 12 games for the Falcons and 2 for the Cardinals.
Goodwin, at 6’4” and 220 pounds, was a college wide receiver who transitioned to the cornerback position. He had very minimal college production, having bounced around to three different institutions. He started at Bethany College, then transferred to Fairmont State University. Goodwin ended his collegiate career at California University of Pennsylvania.
The Bengals’ cornerback room currently features William Jackson III, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard at the top of the depth chart. Under them are rookies Davontae Harris and Darius Phillips, as well as veterans KeiVarae Russell and Josh Shaw. Tony McRae and Sojourn Shelton are currently dealing with injuries.
McRae has an ankle injury and Shelton a hand injury. Harris and Phillips were both fifth round draft picks this year who have also dealt with injuries during camp and are coming along a bit slower than anticipated.
Adam Jones currently remains a free agent, so the Bengals chose to sign Goodwin over him.
Goodwin has spent time this year with the Giants and 49ers. In his final season of college at California University of Pennsylvania, Goodwin posted 11 catches for 126 yards and 1 touchdown. He also added 1 kick return that went for 25 yards. From there, he made his way into the NFL as a cornerback. It seems like Goodwin is just a depth addition for the Bengals as they bring along the young cornerbacks and deal with the injuries hitting the room.