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Bengals Release Orlando, 2 Veterans

April 21, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Cincinnati Bengals released safety Bo Orlando and got rid of two other veterans Monday, a day after they finished stocking up on defensive players in the NFL draft.

The Bengals also released fullback Scottie Graham and waived cornerback Tito Paul, both of whom had limited roles last season.

In addition, the Bengals signed nine undrafted rookies, seven of them offensive players.

Orlando, 32, an eight-year veteran, played in every game last season, but started only two, losing the free safety job to Greg Myers.

Graham, 29, signed with the Bengals before last season, but appeared in only five games and had only one carry for a yard loss. He didn’t fit the club’s need for a backup fullback, one of the reasons they drafted Marcus Parker in the seventh round Sunday.

Paul began last season with Arizona, was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Sept. 9 and started five games, but fared poorly. The Bengals drafted cornerback Artrell Hawkins out of the University of Cincinnati on Saturday.

The Bengals also signed nine rookie free agents who were not drafted over the weekend: running back Brandon Bennett of South Carolina; receiver Alonzo Clayton of Northern Iowa; offensive tackle Mike Doughty of Notre Dame; receiver Damon Gibson of Iowa; receiver Daryle Heidelburg of Jackson State; offensive tackle Derek Levake of Wisconsin-Whitewater; defensive lineman Adrian Luster of the Citadel; defensive back Ric Mathias of Wisc.-LaCrosse, and fullback Buddy Rodgers of Maryland.

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