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Bengals add veteran safety


The Bengals signed free agent safety Shiloh Keo, a veteran of 42 NFL games, to a Reserve/Future contract on Saturday, which means he'll join them the day after the Super Bowl on Feb. 2

The 5-11, 208-pound Keo goes into the mix at backup safety behind starters Reggie Nelson and George Iloka after spending the last half of this season without a team. After the Texans took him in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Idaho, he made 11 starts in the next three seasons with 68 tackles, two interceptions and 18 special teams tackles. The Texans released him in early October after he had been inactive all season. He joins a familiar face in Bengals cornerbacks coach Vance Joseph, his secondary coach in Houston.

 So, Keo is basically switching places with Danieal Manning, the former Texans safety who joined the Bengals this past training camp before they released him on Cutdown day. He then re-joined Houston.

On Friday, the Bengals re-signed tight end Kevin Brock, an exclusive rights free agent. Brock is a backup who was pressed into service late this season with the injuries to starters Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert. Primarily a blocker, he had five catches for 21 yards in 14 games.

Earlier in the week the Bengals made the traditional signings and inked seven practice squad players to contracts putting them on the roster Feb. 2:

Linebacker L.J. Fort, tackle Dan France, defensive tackle Kwame Geathers, cornerback Onterio McCalebb, tight end Jake Murphy, wide receiver Tevin Reese, and wide receiver Eric Ward.

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