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Bengals sign DT Andrew Brown to futures contract

Brown had an injury-riddled rookie season.

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The Bengals have signed one of their 2018 NFL Draft picks to a futures contract.

On Wednesday, the team announced that Andrew Brown, who previously was on the practice squad, had been signed to a futures contract.

The Bengals used the 158th overall pick of the 2018 draft to select the Virginia Cavaliers defensive lineman. It was actually the mid-round pick swap between the Bengals and Bills that was part of the Cordy Glenn trade.

As for Brown, the 6’3”, 296-pounder recorded 26.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks in four years at Virginia. He also batted down four passes, recovered a fumble and forced one.

The problem with Brown is he was used in a variety of ways in college, and it was unclear what his best NFL role would be. The Bengals didn’t exactly figure out what role works best for him, though a big reason why was because Brown missed most of training camp and the preseason with a hamstring injury.

Brown would be waived during final roster cuts and spent the team’s first 10 games on the practice squad before suffering a hand injury in practice and spending the final six games on the practice squad/injured list. He will not count on the team’s active list until Feb. 4, the Monday after the Super Bowl.

Here is who the Bengals have signed thus far to futures contracts:

  • TE Moritz Böhringer
  • DT Andrew Brown
  • K Tristan Vizcaino
  • S Demetrious Cox
  • C Brad Lundblade
  • TE Andrew Vollert
  • WR Kermit Whitfield