Bengals' Stake Lone Claim On Back-up Guard Calhoun

Shaq Calhoun now a Bengal.
Shaq Calhoun now a Bengal.

Even though the Bengals ruled out quarterback Josh Rosen on Saturday, they did use the No. 1 position to raid the Dolphins on Sunday to make second-year back-up guard Shaq Calhoun their only waiver claim.

In order to make the move they terminated the contract of back-up guard Alex Redmond, a fourth-year player whom has made 17 starts since the Bengals signed him as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA in 2016.

The 6-3, 310-pound Calhoun, 24, made seven starts at right guard as a rookie last season after he came out of Mississippi State undrafted. He started three of the Dolphins' five victories in which Miami averaged 433 yards and played all 90 snaps in the Dolphins' 38-35 overtime win over the Bengals in the next-to-last game of the year.

Deion Calhoun had been logged in their personnel system after attending the 2019 NFL scouting combine following a season he was named to the second team by the SEC coaches. They like his makeup, his starting experience, his ability in the run game and the athleticism that made him such a good basketball player he won the nickname Shaq.

The Dolphins moved on from him after they drafted offensive linemen Robert Hunt in the second round and Solomon Kindley in the fourth round this past April.