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Bengals sign Frederick Mauigoa and Kahlil McKenzie; waive Damion Willis

The team also waived reserve guard Clay Cordasco.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed center Frederick Mauigoa and defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, the team announced Tuesday. In corresponding moves, the team waived wide receiver Damion Willis and offensive guard Clay Cordasco.

Mauigoa, weighing in at 6-4 and 310 pounds, is a rookie out of Washington State who originally signed with the Carolina Panthers as a college free agent in April. He was waived on August 1st. He played four years (2016-19) for WSU, appearing in 43 games with 39 starts at center.

McKenzie is a second-year player out of the Tennessee who was originally a sixth-round draft pick (198th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. He spent his rookie season with the Chiefs but did not see game action, then spent the entire 2019 season on Seattle’s practice squad. He was waived by the Seahawks on July 26th.

The 6-4, 320-pound McKenzie was a defensive tackle in college, but he’s been listed at guard with previous NFL teams. The Bengals are listing him at defensive tackle.

McKenzie is the son of former NFL linebacker and Miami Dolphins senior personnel executive Reggie McKenzie, as well as the nephew of former NFL guard Raleigh McKenzie.

Willis, a second-year player, originally signed with the Bengals as a college free agent signee out of Troy in 2019. He played in 10 games (2 starts) as a rookie, and caught nine passes for 82 yards.

Cordasco, a rookie, had signed with Cincinnati as a college free agent out of Oregon State on April 28th.