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Bengals sign QB Pryor


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The Cincinnati Bengals signed quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Sunday after his tryout during rookie minicamp.

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson was head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011 when Pryor was drafted.

The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Pryor, a fourth-year NFL player from Ohio State, was a third-round choice by Oakland in the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft. He played in 15 Raiders games (10 starts) over the 2011-13 seasons, including 11 games and nine starts in 2013. In his career, he has passed for 1,953 yards and nine touchdowns, with 12 interceptions. He also has rushed for 627 yards and three touchdowns.

Pryor was with the Seattle Seahawks during the 2014 preseason after being traded by Oakland. He was released as part of the roster cut to 53 and was not with an NFL team in the regular season. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in January, but he was released last week.

Pryor will battle backups AJ McCarron and Josh Johnson for a spot on the roster during the summer months.

The Bengals also signed wide receiver Mario Alford of West Virginia, the team’s seventh-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. He is the first Bengals draft pick to sign his rookie contract.

Alford (5-9, 180) played two seasons at West Virginia, following two seasons at Georgia Military College. In 2014 for West Virginia, he had 65 receptions for 945 yards and 11 touchdowns, and he also averaged 28.6 yards on kickoff returns, ranking No. 8 nationally, with two TDs.

In addition, the Bengals signed three college free agents who participated as tryout players in this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Signed were safety Erick Dargan (5-11, 211) of Oregon, defensive tackle Kalafitoni Pole (6-2, 311) of Washington State and tight end John Peters (6-8, 230) of Cincinnati’s Mount St. Joseph University.

Tight end Kevin Brock, a third-year NFL player from Rutgers, was waived. Brock played in 14 games with two starts for the Bengals last season, with five receptions for 21 yards.

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