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Bengals sign S Roy Williams


Bengals sign S Roy Williams
CINCINNATI (AP) - Safety Roy Williams hopes that a reunion with his defensive coordinator from Dallas will get his career turned around.


The Cincinnati Bengals signed Williams to a one-year contract on Thursday. Williams missed most of last season with Dallas because he broke his right forearm twice, and the Cowboys released him on March 5.

Part of the attraction of coming to Cincinnati was the chance to play for defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who held the job in Dallas from 2000-06. Williams was the Cowboys' first-round pick in 2002.

"I know that Coach (Zimmer) knows what I can do on the football field," Williams said. "I've been criticized for a lot, but I was never criticized when he was my coach. We're going to get back to our old ways and have a great season."

The Bengals finished 4-11-1 last season in large part because they had the worst offense in the NFL. The defense, which has been a problem for years, improved to a middle-of-the-league ranking despite spending a lot of time on the field.

The 28-year-old Williams had problems in pass coverage in Dallas, but fits the Bengals' desire to add another hard-hitting safety to handle opposing running backs in the AFC North.

"He was a big-time enforcer," Zimmer said. "When the ball was thrown over the middle of the field, not a lot of people came away with either the ball or their ribs or something. He's a big-time blitzer. He's a playmaker."

Williams made five Pro Bowls before last season, when he broke his right forearm in the second game, missed the next three, then returned and broke it again. He thinks he's a better fit in the Bengals' defense.

"I'm going to be more involved in the defense here, from my understanding," Williams said. "The last couple of years, I wasn't utilized to the best of my abilities. We played to everyone else's abilities, which is a great thing for the team and I'm a team player. Whatever I'm told to do, I'll do."

Williams agreed to a one-year deal on Wednesday night, and the Bengals offered to fly him into the city over the weekend. Williams didn't want to wait that long - he flew in Thursday morning, signed the deal and worked out with some of his new teammates.

"Being out on the street is not a fun thing and I don't take this lightly," Williams said, following the workout at Paul Brown Stadium.

Williams originally visited the Bengals on March 19, but at the time, coach Marvin Lewis told him the team had higher priorities than signing the safety. The Bengals had already decided to keep safety Chris Crocker, and were looking to upgrade its offensive and defensive lines.

"We were very open and candid with Roy and told Roy we had other priorities that we felt were more important, and Roy would text me and remind me of those as we checked them off," Lewis said.



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Added: May 7, 2009

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