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Matthew O'Donnell
T #79
Height:
6-9
Weight:
340
College:
Queens (Canada)
Hometown:
Kingston (Ontario)
Experience:
1

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Bio

      A product of the Canadian college ranks, former Bengals signee returns to Cincinnati for 2015, after spending three seasons with Edmonton of the Canadian Football League ... Was on Bengals practice squad in 2011, and was also with Cincinnati in 2012 preseason ... An athletic prospect for his size, he has participated in pro basketball tryouts with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.

      A product of the Canadian college ranks, former Bengals signee returns to Cincinnati for 2015, after spending three seasons with Edmonton of the Canadian Football League ... Was on Bengals practice squad in 2011, and was also with Cincinnati in 2012 preseason ... An athletic prospect for his size, he has participated in pro basketball tryouts with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.

     Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 7-28-11 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-3-11 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-4-11 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-9-12 ... Waived by Bengals on 8-31-12 ... Signed with Bengals on 2-2-15.

     2012-14 CFL: Signed with Edmonton in September of 2012, after his rights were acquired in a trade with Saskatchewan ... Played in 42 games for Edmonton over 2012-14, seeing action at guard and tackle.

     Previous NFL seasons: 2011—Signed with Bengals as college free agent, just before opening of training camp ... Played in all four preseason games, and spent full season on Cincinnati practice squad. 2012—Played in all four Bengals preseason games, and waived in final roster cuts.

     College: Attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada ... Played in every game in his four seasons with the Gaels (2007-10) ... Helped team win Vanier Cup championship in 2009 ... Closed college career with a south-of-the-border berth in the East-West Shrine Game played after the 2010 season.

     Personal: Hometown is Kingston, Ontario ... Attended Holy Cross Secondary School. 

      NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: O’Donnell did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2011, ’12, ’13 or ’14 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games in any of those four seasons.

Recent Articles

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