Former K-State football standout Jordan Willis inks with Bengals

CINCINNATI — Defensive end Jordan Willis signed a four-year deal on Thursday, leaving all of the Cincinnati Bengals’ draft picks under contract.

 

Willis, a third-round choice from Kansas State, was the last of the team’s 11 draft picks to come to terms. The Bengals have their mandatory minicamp next week.

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Willis will have a chance to earn a spot in the Bengals’ line rotation. He started 39 games for the Wildcats, finishing third in school history with 26 career sacks and ninth in school history with 40.5 career tackles for loss. He also had seven forced fumbles during his time at K-State, a mark good for fifth all-time in program history.

The defensive end earned numerous All-America honors his senior year after accumulating 52 tackles and a school record-tying 11.5 sacks, and was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

The Bengals currently list six other defensive ends on their roster, notably nine-year veteran Michael Johnson, eight-year pro Carlos Dunlap and 10-year vet Wallace Gilberry, a former Kansas City Chief. Johnson and Dunlap started all 16 games last season for the Bengals, with Dunlap totaling eight sacks and Johnson netting 3.5 en route to a 6-9-1 record and a third-place conference finish in the AFC North.

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