March 26, 2010
By Sean Simon
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCF Athletics.com) - Former UCF defensive end Rashad Jeanty will be staying in Cincinnati for the 2010 NFL season after signing to a one-year $1.176 million (reportedly) restricted free agent contract yesterday to solidify the Bengals' strongside linebacker position. Jeanty will be entering his fifth season in the NFL, all of them for the Bengals.
In 2009, Jeanty played 15 games with one start while recording 14 special teams tackles and 16 defensive tackles at outside linebacker. The year before he started 15 games, was fourth on the team in tackles, and won the Ed Block Courage Award in 2008.
The former Miami Carol City High School standout played two seasons at UCF before joining the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Jeanty spent four seasons playing defensive end with the Eskimos and won two Grey Cups in 2003 and 2005.
In his second year as a Knight, 2002, Jeanty started all 12 games at defensive end and recorded 79 total tackles and recorded 5.5 sacks. He also collected 10.5 tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble. During his tenure at UCF, Jeanty earned second team all-freshman honors from The Football News and was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America third team.
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