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Old 05-07-2009, 11:35 AM   #881
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Bengals Announce Arrival Of Roy Williams

Posted by Mike Florio on May 7, 2009, 1:30 p.m. EDT

A day after the Bengals officially parted ways with the 10th overall pick in the 2002 draft, they welcomed the guy taken two spots earlier.

As expected, veteran safety Roy Williams has signed with the Bengals. The team announced the move earlier today.

Williams, a former Cowboy, is a five-time Pro Bowler. He made it to Hawaii four times while playing for defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who now serves as the defensive coordinator in Cincinnati.

“Roy had his best years when we were together in Dallas,” Zimmer said in a team-issued release. “I think we can take advantage of all his strengths in our [4-3] scheme. I don’t think the scheme in Dallas fit him quite as well when they switched to a 3-4, but he still went to the Pro Bowl in 2007.”

(Yes, Williams went to the Pro Bowl in 2007. Via airplane and his reputation.)

“Roy is a big hitter, a very tough player who lends a physical presence to a defense, and he makes plays,” Zimmer added. “He has also been very durable, with just the one injury that cost him last year, and that was a broken bone that’s healed now.”

Williams missed 13 games last year due to a broken forearm.

Despite the accolades, Williams long has been regarded as a liability in pass coverage. Thus, if rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga lands a starting job in his first year, look for teams to look to pass on the Bengals on first down and second down, given that both men are regarded as guys who need to come off the field when it’s time for the offense to throw the ball.
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