A sixth-year NFL player for 2015, Peerman has been a special teams standout for Bengals and has been productive on offense when opportunity has come his way ... Led team in special teams tackles (15) in 2014, and ranked fourth in ’13 ... His rushing opportunities have been limited since 2012, but in ’12, averaged 7.2 yards on 36 rushes ... Entered NFL in 2009 as Baltimore draftee, and played briefly in ’09 for Detroit.
Career transactions: Selected by Baltimore in sixth round of 2009 NFL Draft (185th overall) ... Signed with Ravens on 6-17-09 ... Waived by Ravens on 9-5-09 ... Acquired on waivers by Cleveland on 9-6-09 ... Waived by Browns on 9-26-09 ... Signed to Browns practice squad on 9-29-09 ... Released from Browns practice squad on 10-27-09 ... Signed to Detroit practice squad on 10-30-09 ... Signed to Lions roster on 12-15-09 ... Waived by Lions on 4-25-10 ... Acquired on waivers by Cincinnati on 4-27-10 ... Re-signed with Bengals as exclusive rights player on 7-29-11 ... Re-signed with Bengals as exclusive rights player on 3-12-12 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-7-13 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 4-9-15.
2014 highlights: Played in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Led team with 15 special teams tackles ... Rushed 15-for-43 and had three catches for 27 yards ... Rushed five-for-15 and had two special teams tackles on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, and downed a punt at Tennessee two, leading to a safety for Bengals ... Rushed five-for-nine, caught two-for-22 and had two special teams tackles on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville ... Rushed two-for-21 on Nov. 16 at New Orleans, and had a special teams tackle ... Two special teams tackles on Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay ... Led team with three special teams tackles on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, highest single-game total for a Bengals player on the season ... Suffered concussion in first quarter on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh, but was cleared for Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis and had two special teams tackles.
Previous seasons: 2009—In preseason for Baltimore, rushed 14-for-40 with a TD and had four receptions for 42 yards ... Joined Cleveland at start of regular season, and was inactive for Browns for Games 1-2 ... Spent Weeks 4-7 on Browns’ practice squad ... Later signed to Lions practice squad, and signed to Detroit roster for Games 14-16, playing in Games 14-15 (no statistics). 2010—Acquired by Bengals on waivers from Detroit on April 27 ... On Bengals roster for full season, playing in seven games ... Led team with two special teams tackles on Sept. 12 at New England ... In preseason, led Bengals in rushing yards (201) and yards per carry (6.5), and his 93-yard TD sprint on Sept. 2 at Indianapolis was NFL’s longest 2010 preseason scrimmage gain. 2011—Played in 15 games plus Wild Card playoff, seeing brief action on offense and tying for second on team in special teams tackles (13) ... Two special teams tackles Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, and had key block on 33-yard Brandon Tate punt return that set up TD ... Team-leading three special teams tackles Nov. 13 vs. Pittsburgh. 2012—Played in 14 games (Games 1-12 and 15-16), and in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for Games 13-14, due to ankle injury suffered Dec. 2 at San Diego ... Rushed 36-for-258 (including two-for-80 on fake punts), with one TD ... Also had career highs of nine receptions and 85 yards ... Fourth on team in special teams tackles (nine) ... On Sept. 30 at Jacksonville, took direct snap as an upback on a fake punt and ran 48 yards to Jaguars 18, setting up a Bengals TD ... On Oct. 14 at Cleveland, logged team-leading eight receptions for 76 yards (second on team), with one rush for seven yards ... Only rush Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh was a five-yard TD, his first career score ... On Nov. 18 at Kansas City, his 32-yard run on a fake punt extended first-quarter TD drive for a 7-3 lead, and he finished game with career-best 75 rushing yards (on eight carries) ... Rushed eight-for-61 (7.6) on Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, including a 31-yarder to Raiders five that set up TD. 2013—Played in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Ranked fourth on team in special teams tackles (10) for the regular season, and rushed eight-for-17 ... Four kickoff returns, for 16.5 average ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, preserved a Bengals possession with recovery of Brandon Tate fumble on kickoff return in third quarter ... On Oct. 6 vs. New England, dropped Leon Washington with a solo tackle at the New England 13 on game’s opening kickoff ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Had a 23-yard kickoff return in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Played four seasons (2005-08) at Virginia, posting 10th-best all-purpose yards total (3349) in Cavaliers history ... Played 41 games with 18 starts ... Totaled 1749 career rushing yards, with 4.6 average, and scored 15 TDs ... Was 67-for-344 receiving (5.1) with a TD, and averaged 25.1 yards on 50 kickoff returns ... Redshirted (did not play) in 2004.
Personal: Born in Lynchburg, Va. ... Attended William Campbell High School in Gladys, Va., where he scored a state-record 708 points, including 112 TDs ... Named Virginia prep player of the year as a senior ... Won state titles in track in the 100 meters as a prep junior and senior ... Is licensed as a minister ... enjoys fishing, hunting and working on cars.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Peerman did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2009 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 season.
Ten days until the Bengals make final cuts and for the fourth straight year running back Cedric Peerman is on the bubble and ...
Bengals running back Cedric Peerman, who has emerged to quietly fill Reggie Kelly's role as the club's locker room spiritual leader, doesn't have much time to savor his contract extension.