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Bengals Sign DE Clyde Simmons

May 13, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Free agent defensive end Clyde Simmons signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday.

Simmons, who has 109 sacks in 12 seasons, could replace John Copeland, who will miss an undetermined number of games this fall because of a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon suffered April 15.

``We pursued Clyde because he’s a talented, gifted veteran with proven pass-rush ability and, frankly, he’s been a thorn in our side the past couple of years,″ said Bengals coach Bruce Coslet. ``With the situation we have now at defensive end, he’s a welcome addition.″

Simmons, 33, started 13 games for Jacksonville last season and had 8 1/2 sacks, 71 tackles (31 solo), two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal.

Against the Bengals, he had six tackles in two games.

Simmons had minor knee surgery early this year but is expected to be fully recovered when the Bengals open training camp July 23.

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