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Bengals sign 3rd-round pick Williams

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Safety Shawn Williams, a third-round pick out of Georgia, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Terms were not disclosed.

Williams finished second on the Bulldogs with 98 tackles last season after leading the team with 72 in 2011.

The pick of a safety in the third round came later than expected for the Bengals, but Williams has played both strong and free safety. He also made the calls in the defensive backfield, which is something that the Bengals were looking for. He is a physical hitter and should contend for the starting spot at strong with Taylor Mays and Jeromy Miles.

The Bengals have nine of their 10 draft picks under contract.
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