Jan 31, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley (59) answers questions during media day in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals signing LB Michael Boley



The Cincinnati Bengals need to sign a linebacker with just five on the active roster currently, and with Vontaze Burfict dealing with another injury that forced him from Sunday’s game (though he did return), they’ve opted to sign free agent Michael Boley:


Boley is still a serviceable linebacker, but his involvement in a child abuse investigation has led teams to shy away from him:

According to a report early Thursday morning on TMZ.com, Boley, the former Giants linebacker was “secretly arrested” on Feb. 8 in Etowah County, Ala., where he pled guilty to child abuse as part of a plea agreement. He was then entered into a pre-trial diversion program, the report said, after which the charges would be dropped.

The details of the incident that led to Boley’s arrest were not immediately clear, and his attorney, Randall Kessler, declined comment. A Giants spokesman also had no comment, though one team source insisted the decision to cut the 30-year-old linebacker on Feb. 5 was not related to his impending arrest.


Boley has started at least 11 regular-season games in each of the last eight NFL seasons, but he’s been unsigned since the Giants released him in February. In 2012, he totaled 92 tackles and intercepted three passes while playing both weak and strong-side LB.



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