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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bengals sign Danieal Manning to one-year deal

By on 4/03/2014 04:15:00 PM

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that the Cincinnati Bengals were finalizing a one-year deal with strong safety Danieal Manning. The Bengals confirmed the signing about an hour and a half later via their official twitter account.

Manning met with the Bengals Tuesday and also planned on visiting the Kansas City Chiefs, but he never made it out of Cincinnati. Part of the reason Manning made up his mind so quickly may have had something to do with continuing to work with Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph. Joesph was the defensive backs coach for the Houston Texans from 2011 to 2013. The Texans cut Manning on Monday after he declined to take a pay cut.

Manning spent most of the 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering a fractured fibula in a Week 6 loss the St. Louis Rams back in October. However, despite turning 31 in August and coming off a season-ending injury, Manning was still regarded as the top safety in the free agent market as soon as he was released. Manning joins a unit that ranked in the top five for all major defensive categories in 2013.

The ninth-year pro will likely find himself in a backup role behind starting safeties Reggie Nelson and George Iloka. If Manning can return to full health and full speed, he may also see some action lining up as a slot corner.


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