MORE DRAFT NEWS: Bengals Draft Central 2006* * *
Posted: 10:50 p.m.
Hamby: Reportedly inks deal with Bengals (Getty Images)The Bengals only had to go around the corner to get that fifth tight end when KFFL.com reported they signed Ohio State's Ryan Hamby as a college free agent after the draft ended Sunday night. A media outlet also said Eastern Washington quarterback Erik Meyer, the Walter Payton Award winner, signed a similar deal and will probably be the only quarterback in the May 12-14 rookie minicamp.
Hamby, out of Cincinnati's Moeller High School, had just nine catches for 85 yards last season in a year he was hobbled for the last part of the regular season. Hamby, known mainly as a blocker, joins Reggie Kelly, Tony Stewart, Ronnie Ghent, and former Buckeye Darnell Sanders at tight end. The Bengals had hoped to draft a backup for Kelly, but those they wanted never fell to them.
The 6-1, 210-pound Meyer won the Payton Award as the best Division I-AA player after throwing for 3,616 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. Meyer finished with a 166.47 career passer rating for the 1-AA record.