On Tuesday, the Bengals announced that they added the 31-year-old veteran linebacker, who will sign a contract with the team and likely suit up and play before their Week 5 game against the New England Patriots.
Starting outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict is dealing with a neck injury on the team, and if he couldn't go against the Patriots, it really depletes a linebacker crew who don't have any decent backups or key players following starters James Harrison and Rey Maualuga, so the signing of Boley makes perfect sense.
After spending the first four years of his career with the Atlanta Falcons, Boley signed a five-year. $25 million deal in the spring of 2009 to become the starting outside linebacker for the Giants and really did a tremendous job in Perry Fewell's defense, where he would be a key starter in for four seasons and helped the team win Super Bowl XLVI over the Patriots back in the 2011 season.
Boley was one of the first couple players cut by the Giants in early February due to salary cap reasons and it was speculated in the spring time if the Giants would consider a reunion with him because they too were lacking at the linebacker position, but the team decided against it likely due to his legal issues off the field.
Boley was arrested in February on charges of child abuse, but since has gotten the necessary help and did all of the proper court-ordered programs to avoid jail time.
In 2012, Boley had 91 total tackles with three interception while playing in all 16 games for the Giants last season.
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