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Bengals looking at safety help

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By Mike Wilkening

With news the Bengals have had ex-Cowboys FS Ken Hamlin and UFA SS C.C. Brown in for visits this week, it appears Cincinnati is interested in bolstering its depth on the back end of its defense. Hamlin, who announced his visit to Cincinnati via Twitter, is better in coverage than Brown and made the Pro Bowl in the 2007 season with the Cowboys when playing opposite now-Bengals starting SS Roy Williams, who also received Pro Bowl honors. However, Hamlin, who's entering his eighth NFL season, has not played to that form recently, and the Cowboys released him in April. Brown, whose visit to the Bengals was reported by The Cincinnati Enquirer, is best in the box and had difficulties in coverage last season. Brown, a sixth-year pro, started seven games for the Giants in 2009 after four seasons with Houston. The Bengals' top backup safety, Chinedum Ndukwe, has 25 career starts to his credit, but reserves Tom Nelson and Kyries Hebert have less experience. Nelson, a second-year pro and a former undrafted free agent, replaced injured starting FS Chris Crocker for three games at the end of last season and struggled somewhat. Ndukwe filled in for Williams for much of last season; Williams has missed 25 games the past two seasons because of right forearm injuries.


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