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Bengals sign RB Bernard

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Running back Giovani Bernard signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, who now have eight of 10 draft picks under contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

A second-round pick, Bernard rushed for 2,481 yards and scored 31 touchdowns in just two seasons at North Carolina. He is expected to serve as BenJarvus Green-Ellis' primary backup, and Bernard also has good hands with 852 receiving yards for the Tar Heels.

"Giovani is a dynamic guy, both running the football and catching it," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "And he was one of North Carolina's hardest-working guys on the team, so he fits the mold of guys we like - not only good, but extremely hard-working."

Bernard was the first running back off the board in April and is definitely the change-of-pace back that the Bengals are looking for. He's a complementary back and has great speed on the edge who also could factor into the return game as he returned punts at North Carolina.
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