Cincinnati Bengals Sign Former Rams Safety Following Career Year

The Cincinnati Bengals desperately needed to upgrade their secondary and they've now made a move to strengthen it.

The Bengals have signed free-agent safety Nick Scott to a three-year, $12 million contract.

The 27-year-old has spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Rams, where he played in 64 games, recording 158 total tackles and four interceptions. The Rams had reportedly wanted to keep Scott, but he ultimately decided to join the Bengals.

Scott is coming off a career year, during which he had 86 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles before suffering a rotator cuff injury that landed him on injured reserve.

He is expected to make a full recovery before the start of training camp and will likely step in to help fill the void left by the departure of safety Jessie Bates III, who signed with the Atlanta Falcons in free agency. 

Scott's arrival should provide a significant boost to the Bengals' secondary, which struggled at times last season. He is expected to start alongside Dax Hill and help anchor the defense as Cincinnati looks to make another run at the playoffs.

The Bengals have also been linked to Scott's former teammate Taylor Rapp this offseason, as they continue to look for ways to improve their roster. 
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