The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the signing of five free agents in cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, defensive end Trey Hendrickson, cornerback Mike Hilton, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, and offensive tackle Riley Reiff.
Awuzie, Hendrickson, Hilton and Ogunjobi were all unrestricted free agents, while Reiff was a free agent previously cut by the Minnesota Vikings.
The Bengals also announced the team terminated the contracts of defensive tackle Geno Atkins and offensive tackle Bobby Hart.
Finally, the Bengals announced they’ve agreed to trade quarterback Ryan Finley to the Houston Texans. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Atkins, a 12th-year player out of the University of Georgia, originally was a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in 2010. In his 11 seasons in Cincinnati, Atkins compiled 75.5 sacks, third-most in team history and more than double the amount of the next-highest DT. Additionally, his eight Pro Bowl selections are the most ever by a Bengals defensive player, and second-most in team history overall.
Hart, a seventh-year player out of Florida State University, joined the Bengals in 2018 after spending his first three seasons (’15-17) with the N.Y. Giants.
Finley, a third-year player out of North Carolina State, originally was a fourth-round pick of the Bengals in 2019.
Awuzie (6-0, 202), a fifth-year player out of the University of Colorado, originally was a second-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2017. He spent each of his first four NFL seasons with Dallas and played in 49 games, recording 213 tackles, four INTs, 37 PDs, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. His Bengals contract is a three-year deal through the 2023 season.
Hendrickson (6-4, 270), a fifth-year player out of Florida Atlantic University, originally was a third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2017. He played his first four NFL seasons (2017-20) with the Saints, and in 45 career games totaled 20 sacks, three PDs and three forced fumbles. Last season, he tied for the NFC lead in sacks (13.5) while helping the Saints to top-five NFL rankings in total defense (fourth), rushing defense (fourth), passing defense (fifth) and points allowed (fifth). His Bengals contract is a four-year deal through the 2024 season.
Hilton (5-9, 184), a fifth-year player out of the University of Mississippi, originally was a college free agent signee of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. He also spent time with New England before joining Pittsburgh late in his rookie season. He has played in 59 career games (all with Pittsburgh) and totaled 217 tackles, seven INTs, 32 PDs, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. His Bengals contract is a four-year deal through the 2024 season.
Ogunjobi (6-3, 305), a fifth-year player out of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, originally was a third-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2017. He spent his first four seasons (2017-20) with Cleveland, and in 60 career games totaled 172 tackles, 14.5 sacks, a PD and two forced fumbles. His Bengals contract is a one-year deal for the 2021 season.
Reiff (6-6, 305), a 10th-year player out of the University of Iowa, originally was a first-round pick (23rd overall) of the Detroit Lions in 2012. He spent his first four seasons (2012-16) in Detroit before joining the Minnesota Vikings from ’17-20. He has played in 135 career games, with 127 starts. His Bengals contract is a two-year deal through the 2022 season.