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Cincinnati Bengals Sign Former New York Giants LB Michael Boley

October 1st, 2013 at 2:55 PM
By Douglas Rush

Back in September, the Cincinnati Bengals worked out Michael Boley due to the fact that they were running very thin at the linebacker position, but they didn't sign him immediately from the work out.

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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47 Responses to “Cincinnati Bengals Sign Former New York Giants LB Michael Boley”

  1.  Nosh.0 says:

    Curious what you guys think the problem with Will Beatty is right now?

    I know there was always a fear he was soft, but he played really well last season. These past 2 weeks however he’s embarrassed himself. First a complete meltdown in Carolina then Tamba Hali humiliates him las sunday. You think we should be worried? Because we knew the INT OL could be problematic but he was supposed to be our rock.

    •  Krow says:

      Well … first off he was vastly over-rated. Don’t get me wrong … he’s not bad … in fact I think he’s better than average … but he’s not the elite, ‘sign at any cost’ talent a lot of people thought he was. Secondly … he got paid. You strive for financial independence … you work your butt off to attain it … and when you do you can’t help buy breathe a sigh of relief as you kick back and smell the roses. Thirdly, like many on the team he has a ring. He done it all … won it all … he’s rich and set for life. Thanks for playing.

      •  jahmyrr says:

        He got paid and vanished (ie: Chris Johnson (Titans))

        No motivation and nothing to play for.

        People can blame the Giants past winning and continued late draft picks as an excuse. The Patriots have been able to do far longer than we have so I just cant buy this excuse.

    •  Kevros says:

      I don’t think he’s been that bad on an individual basis. You have to go all the over to RT to find anyone else on the Oline playing decent. When you have 3 awful linemen next to you, you aren’t going to look that great. However, I do agree with Krow that he was a little overrated going into this season and that contributes to the perception that he’s dropped off more than he has…

      •  jahmyrr says:

        Hes hardly the worst lineman on the team thats for sure…. Not the worst STARTER on the team for that matter. However, his play has dropped off since cashing that first paycheck.

        The problem is the unit as a whole just doesnt work well together. Sure many teams have won with patchwork Os. The difference is the cohesion for which they work. Having 5 guys playing solo games wont ever get you the team victory. Our line isnt playing like a team by any stretch of the term.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think he was bad versus Carolina but not as bad as it looked just watching the game. Other players helped caused those sacks. Versus KC I though he did a good job. Eli held the ball, the TE blew an assignment and because he plays in KC most fans don’t realize Tamba has been an elite pass rusher for several years. I think Beatty had one bad game. If he struggles against Philly I will revisit the conversation.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      He got his contract, that is what happened.

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Well, we could def have used him here.

    He’s better than anyone of our current LB’s/

    •  Krow says:

      Once Cincy heard about the child molestation charge they moved fast to sign him.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Boley that played last year isn’t better than anyone we have. He was declining just like Snee and tuck have. Our LBs are not good but they are far far far from our problem. They have played as expected with Paysinger emerging as a quality player.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t think the KC loss beyond losing is disheartening because KC is a very good team. I said before the game and after the game I feel even stronger that they might be the best defense in the NFL. If not they are in the team picture. And they were playing without their #1 CB. We needed to win and it’s disappointing that we let a winnable game get away from us like that. But the KC game was far far different than the Carolina game. The score might be not that far away but the way the games were played were much different. I feel a similar effort against the Eagles with a few less mistakes will get us a win.

    We do have to play much much better on special teams. We are getting killed in an area for the last two years we have been very good at. Brown his one more makeable miss from being cut. And Weatherford needs to remember that part of directional punting includes hangtime.

    Cox needs to be our KR so that Wilson can get as many snaps at RB as possible. I have seen both Scott and Jacobs miss enough blocks that there’s no excuse for Wilson to not be our bell cow and only come out when he needs a blow. Also for short yardage if not Wilson our next best or best option I think is Cox. Jacobs is done. Scott is a specialty RB that we are trying to use like he’s an all around RB.

    •  JimStoll says:


      I think you are completely misreading the KC game at least in terms of the offense
      even Eli said it on the FAN; the team had one play the entire game
      take away that bomb and we are shut out again
      the one positive thing that one can take from KC is that our defense will likely not be the reason we lose week in week out

      but our offense was so bad as tto be completely and utterly uncompetitive

      I haven’t watched the Eagles other than their opening victory over Washington so I really haven’t seen how bad their defense can be
      but our offense is so completely inept that I’d wager it is more likely they shut us out than it is that we score 14 points

      •  GOAT56 says:

        No you’re missing the point. KC is an elite defense. Our offense isn’t good right now. Our offense wasn’t as bad as it seemed because KC’s defense is really that good. I understand we didn’t do anything but unlike Carolina, KC’s defense doesn’t have a real weakness.

        So my point is a similar performance versus the Philly defense will get us in the mid 20s in points because there is that much difference in the talent levels of defenses.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    You guys seem to want stars at every position. Get over it.

    Beatty is going to be fine. He’s a solid B+, which is how he’s being paid. He’ll get beaten by some defenders but he’ll beat most of them. He has slumped this season much as has the entire team except Cruz, Prince, Paysinger and the defensive tackles.

    As for linebacker, before this season when I insisted Paysinger should be good and that he’s a playmaker, everyone scoffed and some said he couldn’t even make any other team. Well, he IS good, and much to my surprise Herzlich seems to be progressing as he gets more snaps. We still need ONE stud in that group but that level of our defense has been better than ANY of us expected. It wouldn’t hurt to acknowledge that.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      No. Paysinger is NOT good. He’s average at best. He had one good game.

      Herzlich, Williams, and Rivers still suck too.

      • Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

        You’re not watching the same games.

        @anthony_raia 30 Sep
        @CarlBanksGIII what do you think of paysingers play so far?
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        ?@CarlBanksGIII 23h
        @anthony_raia I think he is playing well and getting better everyday. Very impressed

        Banks criticizes the Giants a lot, and knows a thing or two about playing linebacker

      •  JimStoll says:

        actually Paysinger and Herzlich, early on, were pleasant surprises coming out of KC
        so long as our offense is Joe Piscarcik bad, which it is right now, we are not beating anyone

    •  jahmyrr says:

      I must respectfully disagree with a B+ rating. Even a C+ O-line job wouldnt have allowed as many missed blocks as he did in that Carolina game.

      Was that a bad game for him, no question. Did he play better in KC, again no question. Is he still playing below his paycheck, finally an emphatic no question.

      His ability is undoubtedly a B+. However, his ability far exceeds his play this year. The problem is this is no different than Eli, JPP, Nicks, Weatherford, and any number of others on this roster.

      I feel like a Yankees fan right now…. all pay and no play.

  5.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Giants have waived Da’rell Scott.

    •  jahmyrr says:

      Yup and Snee might be officially done if he needs surgery. Career wrap.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      About time. Real smart playing him coaches. Thanks. Well, you sure showed Wilson, didn’t you? Never mind Scott helped lose the Dallas game and is a lousy running back with no elusiveness (something I knew two years ago so it wasn’t an obscure set of facts).


  6. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    Who is Dallas Reynolds?

  7.  BBWC says:

    Finally got rid of Scott….

    •  BBWC says:

      Reynolds was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles on April 27, 2009.[4] He was waived on September 5, 2009, but was re-signed to the Eagles’ practice squad on October 21 after Mike Gibson was signed off the practice squad by the Seattle Seahawks.[5] Reynolds was promoted to the active roster on December 29 after Jamaal Jackson was placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).[6] He was waived on September 4, 2010 during final cuts, and re-signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5. He spent the entire season on the practice squad, and was re-signed to a future contract on January 10, 2011. He was waived again during final cuts on September 22, 2011. Reynolds was re-signed to the teams practice squad the following day. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, his practice squad contract expired and he became a free agent. He was re-signed to the active roster on January 5, 2012.

      In game 2 of the 2012 season, Dallas Reynolds saw his first NFL action when he replaced injured starting center Jason Kelce.

  8.  JimStoll says:

    so what does this tell us about the coaching staff
    Scott plays 43% of the snaps sunday and is waived Tuesday?


    •  Syed Sohail Shah says:

      Exactly like first of all why do u start him before Wilson, they need to focus on developing Wilson. He has crazy potential.

    •  jahmyrr says:

      Right? Was that some lame try out for him to prove he was worth keeping over (who the hell else was left to cut LOL)…. Jacobs maybe?

  9.  jahmyrr says:

    Updating a previous report, the New York Giants signed OL Dallas Reynolds (Eagles) Tuesday, Oct. 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

  10. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    If the Giants cut Snee or he retires the dead money is $4.5 mill, and we save $7.5.

    Is that dead money less if he retires because of injury?

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