Report: Bengals giving notable cash to undrafted free agent targets

Chris Roling
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The Cincinnati Bengals weren’t pulling any punches financially when going after undrafted free agents this year.

We already noted that the Bengals threw a $25,000 bonus at Ball State cornerback Antonio Phillips, per a report.

It turns out Phillips wasn’t the only one getting a noteworthy signing bonus. According to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson, the Bengals gave a $15,000 bonus to TCU tight end Pro Wells.

Wilson also reports the Bengals doled out a $20,000 bonus to Kansas running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams.

Throwing extra money atop the undrafted free agent deal is usually a way for a team to guarantee a player. There were a few instances of teams throwing more than $100,000 at a couple of guys, but it’s noteworthy the Bengals threw around some money too after already adding 10 guys via draft picks.

Cincinnati didn’t add a corner or tight end in the draft, so paying up for guys they liked makes sense. Pooka, on the other hand, will have to compete with sixth-round pick Chris Evans over the summer in training camp.

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