First-year player looks to land a spot in Bengals rotation at WR ... Spent time in 2011 preseason with San Diego before being waived, and was signed late in season to Bengals practice squad, where he closed the season and postseason.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with San Diego as a college free agent on 7-27-11 ... Waived by Chargers on 8-31-11 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 12-27-11 ... Signed 1-9-12 to Bengals offseason roster.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in two Chargers preseason games (no statistics) ... Signed to Bengals practice squad after Game 15, where he spent the remainder of regular season and postseason.
COLLEGE: Began his college career at Southern California from 2006-08, totaling 57 catches for 586 yards and four TDs ... Transferred to University of Cincinnati and began play in 2010, but suffered knee injury in first game at UC, the 2010 season opener at Fresno State, causing him to miss remainder of season ... Majored in sociology at both USC and UC.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Staten Island, N.Y. ... Attended Moore Catholic High School ... Spent 2005-06 academic year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. ... Favorite hobby is bowling, and also enjoys music, video games and comedic movies ... First name is pronounced “vee-DAL” (second syllable rhymes with “pal”).NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Hazelton did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2011 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 that year.
The Bengals today signed DT Pat Sims, an unrestricted free agent who spent the last two seasons with Oakland after opening his career with five seasons in Cincinnati.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Safety Taylor Mays has opted for the Vikings and it sounds like cornerback Terence Newman has, too, as head coach Mike Zimmer takes aim at his old Bengals secondary.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer ended up getting one of his old Bengals safeties Tuesday when multiple reports said Taylor Mays signed with Minnesota.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Bengals continue to be an oasis of stability in the stormy NFL. As evidenced by head coach Marvin Lewis’ appearance at the AFC head coach’s breakfast Tuesday during the owners’ meeting at the Arizona Biltmore.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Notes on a napkin from head coach Marvin Lewis’ appearance at the Tuesday morning AFC head coaches breakfast at the NFL annual meetings at the Arizona Biltmore
Georgia running back Todd Gurley looks to be one of the first players taken at his position in the 2015 NFL draft despite tearing his ACL less than a year ago.