NFL free agency: Cincinnati Bengals to sign cornerback Chidobe Awuzie from Dallas Cowboys

Tyler Dragon
Cincinnati Enquirer
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The Cincinnati Bengals reached an agreement on the second day of the NFL's legal tampering period. 

Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie has agreed to join the Bengals. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo was the first to report the news. Awuzie and the Bengals reached an agreement on a three-year deal. 

Awuzie missed seven games last year due to a hamstring injury and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list for one contest. His best year came in 2019 where he had career-highs in tackles (79) and pass deflections (14) in 16 games.

The 6-foot corner has allowed a 63.3 reception percentage since entering the league in 2017. He's tallied 213 tackles, 37 pass deflections and four interceptions in his career. He started 42 of 49 games with the Cowboys.

Cincinnati's decision to bring Awuzie aboard pretty much ends any chance the Bengals had on re-signing corner William Jackson III. Jackson is an unrestricted free agent and is one of the top corners on the open market. 

Awuzie is slated to start on the outside along with corner Trae Waynes, who missed all of 2020 due to a pectoral injury.

The combination of Awuzie and Waynes makes for a good cornerback pairing in Cincinnati's defensive backfield. The club still does have a hole to fill at slot corner, but Awuzie certainly fills a need at outside corner with the imminent departure of Jackson.

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