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Report: Bengals Sign Offensive Tackle Matt O'Donnell (from Canada, eh?)

This is the first reported signing that hasn’t come in from Twitter somehow…

The Canadian Press reports that “Matt O’Donnell is off to join the Cincinnati Bengals“.

This is a big, friggin’ dude. He’s 6’10” and 340 pounds. He actually has a pretty intriguing history. He was selected 15th overall in the Canadian Football League Draft in May by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. But, apparently, he decided to give up his dreams of rough-riding in Saskatchewan and he actually tried out for the Boston Celtics with no college basketball experience. But, that career path didn’t pan out, and he returned to the Roughriders, only to be snatched up by the Bengals on Tuesday.

O’Donnell, while with the Queens Gaels (a Canadian College), was a Canadian All-American in both 2009 and 2010. He also led his Gaels to capturing the BCS National Championship Trophy Vaniers Trophy in 2009.

This has probably been the most intriguing of the UDFA signings so far. I’m not sure how prepared this young man is to play in the NFL, but he clearly has some incredible athletic talent.

Here’s an interesting report on O’Donnell following up on his try-out with the Boston Celtics. At that point in time, he had planned on returning to the Saskatchewan Roughriders if his Celtics try-out didn’t pan out.

And here’s a draft profile (video)/interview of O’Donnell when he was headed to the CFL earlier this year. A very competitive player.

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