Bengals working out ex-Giants linebacker Michael Boley


The Bengals are working out one of the more accomplished linebackers left in free agency.

Ex-Giant Michael Boley is slated to visit with Cincinnati, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday.

Boley, 31, has started at least 11 regular-season games in each of the last eight NFL campaigns. However, he’s been unsigned since the Giants released him in February.

In May, TMZ reported Boley had pled guilty to a child abuse charge in February, with the charge to be dropped if he successfully completed a diversion program. PFT reported in May that the Giants did not know of Boley’s legal situation when cutting him.

The Bengals had just four linebackers — Vontaze Burfict, Rey Maualuga, James Harrison and Vincent Rey — play defensive snaps in Sunday’s loss at Chicago. Cincinnati has five linebackers on the roster.

Boley made starts at weak-side and strong-side linebacker for the Giants in 2012, notching 92 tackles and intercepting three passes.

17 responses to “Bengals working out ex-Giants linebacker Michael Boley

  1. so dude hits or beats kids. And not just your regular spanking of a kid they dont arrest you for that. No wonder the Bungles are interested Mike Brown is in his office all he heard was oh he beats kids bring him in bring him in i wanna meet him

  2. We’ll take the win but the Bengirls made so many stupid mistakes its amazing they could be in the SB discussion after this week (although AFC North is 0-4). Dumb after dumb after dumb mistake.

    A new linebacker is the least of their worries.

  3. As bad as the the bears looked yesterday it really makes me wonder if the bengals are any good. The bengals made more mistakes then any team in football yet they still dominated nearly that entire game and most certainly should have won it. Either the bengals are really good or the bears are just terrible. Curious to see how these teams pan out.

  4. The Bengals really missed Jon Connor when they needed just a few more blocks to have gotten a few more yards. Their blindness and arrogance at their own shortcomings will translate into more losses and dropping out of any Super Bowl expectations. Its so sad when the better player got cut because the other less talented player is the running back coach’s pet project.

  5. @”truths” – The Bengals used a fullback on at most 7 plays in that game (that’s how many snaps Orson Charles took). FB is not part of their offense.

    Regarding LB, the Bengals really used 5 as Taylor Mays (who is listed as a Safety) played most of his dozen-and-a-half or so snaps as a LB on Sunday. So in reality they used 5. If they end up signing Boley, it’s probably a sign that that experiment with Mays wasn’t considered successful.


  6. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 9, 2013 3:07 PM

    Should be to replace Rey Mau for costing his team the game with a PF at the end.

    The game was over regardless of the personal foul at the end. The foul was called with 1:06 left on the clock. If there is no foul and the Bears run another 40 seconds off and then punt, Bengals are getting the ball back with about 20 seconds and no timeouts. If you’re going to blame someone, blame the coaches that can’t get the right number of people on the field, or Kirkpatrick for the free three points at the end of the first half. As a Bears fan, I didn’t think there could be a worse coach at managing the clock than Lovie Smith. I was proved wrong yesterday

  7. 1newprodigy says: Sep 9, 2013 2:58 PM

    “The bengals made more mistakes then any team in football yet they still dominated nearly that entire game”


    Did you see the game stats?

    Both teams looked like crap but the only thing the Bengirls dominated was stupidity. Dumb penalties, mental errors. Hardly championship material.

    The Bears O-Line gave up no sacks and Cutler had one harmless brainfart. They played above expectations. For the Bengirls, well they dropped a turd on national TV.

  8. Year in year out the same mental mistakes cost this talented team wins. Mental mistakes can be taken care of with coaching, but it apparently escapes Marvin Lewis.

  9. bengalguy, I don’t know about alot worse, but I’ll oblige. Monday can’t come soon enough. And though it’ll be real tough, try to smile next Tuesday bro. You’ll get another shot at the kings.

  10. Bengals lacked discipline which always falls back on the coaching staff. We showed ability against Chicago but no discipline . Our defense was very disappointing . Hopefully Zimmer will get some control back.
    This looked more like a per season game. Figure it out coaches…

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