It didn’t take long for KeiVarae Russell to find a team willing to acquire his services.
NFL Insider Rand Getlin reports that the Cincinnati Bengals have claimed the 2016 third-round pick off of waivers.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) September 15, 2016
Russell was one of the first three defensive backs taken during the draft and appeared to have at least an immediate future with the team.
Head coach Andy Reid had limited comment following Russell’s release. “We felt that that was the best thing to do for the Chiefs right now,” Reid told the Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian.
Also, in the article, Gregorian said this current shift is nearly 180 degrees different from general manager John Dorsey’s assessment of Russell following the combine.
“He likes the game of football … ,” Dorsey said to Paylor. “I would put him at a red-level, A-score guy, meaning that he has a lot of (physical) attributes.
“You combine that with his toughness, his competitiveness … Any guy that can fight through a stress fracture and play through that and practiced through that on a daily basis is pretty mentally tough to me.”
No matter what happened in Kansas City, the Bengals seem to have secured themselves some talent at limited cost. That kind of windfall is gold in the NFL.